I almost got hit by a car today because I was trying to update my Facebook status while walking. Knowing it was pretty much my fault I just kinda sped up and avoided eye contact with the probably irritated driver. This incident, while minor, made me question how many other things I’m missing because of my phone… my distraction… my way to avoid eye contact when I’m nervous.
How many times have I been too into my phone to realize that someone is trying to get my attention or actually hit on me? I know this might be a pretty clumsy metaphor (hit by a car… hit on by someone) but still think about it. How often have I been too worried about updating my Facebook status that I missed the opportunity to change my relationship status? Smart phones and social media have made me very available in many ways, but at the same time so incredibly distant from even the person I’m sitting right next to.
At this point the classic romantic scene of kissing in the rain doesn’t even exist because you would get a weather alert on your phone before that could even happen. I am in no way saying I am desperately looking for a mate. I am a firm believer that when you least expect it you will meet someone who will suddenly be perfect for you at that moment in both of your lives. I am however saying that unless I unplug and look up every now and then how will I even know who is looking back?