For some people, it's the first thing they do when they get up. For the same and others, it's the last thing they do before they go to bed. Some do it after a meal or even during one, while others do it at work.
Social media has taken over many people's lives. So much so that you can't even go to a sit-down restaurant these days without seeing people staring at their phones instead of sharing in conversation with those they, at some point, they chose to spend time with.
Call me self-centered, but I don't get it. I ask people, "Who cares how cute some baby looks that you don't even know? Who cares what you had for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Why do you need to let everyone know how you feel at every moment of your life, and why is it that you have to take a selfie in the grocery store?"
But, I digress, and then the hypocrite inside me emerges.
Say, I, the anti-social media guy, needs to check details of an event for the newspaper? The next thing I know, 30 minutes have passed and I have spent time over-thinking a reply to a Facebook post I made the night before and consuming ridiculous viral videos of people falling down. Don't forget that link I clicked on that claims to show the all-time greatest "selfies gone wrong" photos but instead fools you with more advertisements than content.
Oh, and I forgot to check out info for that event.
I say I don't care, but I get caught in the web just like everyone else.
A recent study by mobileinsurance.com shows an average person spends 90 minutes a day on their phone. It amounts up to 23 days a year and 3.9 years of the average person's life.
Sadly, much of this phone time comes at the expense of something else, like your children, your work or your personal health. I, too, have neglected people because I am overly interested in phone games or apps that do nothing to really benefit my life.
The next time you're on your phone and your kid is saying, 'Mommy, Daddy, play with me' -- put it down. The unnecessary will still be there when you get back.