Some People Still Have Smartphone Myopia

I’ll never understand why some people resist Smartphone technology, claiming the constant connectedness is a waste of time.

It really just depends on use.

If you use the phone primarily for games and social communication then it’s likely you’ll squander 30 minutes of productivity.

But if you treat the phone as a learning and inspirational tool your perspective changes completely.

The Smartphone provides an endless stream of educational content. Books, newspapers, RSS blog feeds, Tweets, and Quora can keep you learning new stuff all day. And the best part is you can then take what you discover and pass it along to others to further the conversation. Or you can write up a blog post and spread the word to anyone in the world.

The Smartphone is also incredibly inspirational. Apps like Instagram open up your eyes to the world around you. You notice cool stuff by paying more attention to the beauty of your surroundings. You could do this before with a camera but it was such a slow and private process. Instagram makes photography fun and photos beautiful and shareable.

People forget that the Smartphone is a pocket sized computer where entertainment, education, and socializing intersect. You could be watching an interesting Vimeo video, learning something brand new, and then telling hour friends about it all at the same time.

You just have to be pragmatic in your Smartphone use. Don’t get caught up in unproductive apps or stupid Facebook conversations. Make time for messing around. Or just get really at good at filtering all the noise. Instead of getting caught up in one thing like gaming, embrace short bursts between educational and entertainment based interactivity.

Resisting the Smartphone is a huge mistake and self-inflicted disadvantage. Why would you stare at the wall when the tool in your pocket can turn it into a creative mirage or a short blog post on how to think. Upgrade, get with it, and get engaged or remain jealous, bored, and even unproductive.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.