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Everyone’s looking for meaning through a phone screen

This is what it feels like to me most of the time anyway.

I see people’s eyeballs glued to their screen like the meaning of their life and the passion they so desire will pop out to them in a great reveal at any moment — hate to say it, but you’ll be waiting a long time.

I’ve written a number of pieces before on what I see as phone addiction and it’s links to mental health within our society. A number of us, seem to strive for some form of meaning within these little screens, whether it’s taking selfies or scrolling through our social feeds, whatever is in this small magical piece of plastic provides meaning for a large portion of our society.


Wake up call

I’m sorry to say it, but your not going to find any meaning or purpose through your phone screen — hours spent on your social feeds will not bring you enlightenment.

Your probably wondering, what is this guy banging on about and where do I find meaning if it’s not through the wizardry of the device in my hand?

Well I don’t have the definitive answer for you and you know what? no one does. But what I can share with you is that it’s not on that screen and you might just find it by putting that thing down. You’ll find meaning, like true meaning in the world and people around you, in the relationships you build, the places you visit, the connections you make and the experiences that become part of your journey.

Look phones are amazing but you’re missing some cool stuff if your always locked into them and you won’t find meaning there. Be kind to yourself, explore the world, make those connections and find your real meaning with others.


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2 replies on “Everyone’s looking for meaning through a phone screen”

I totally agree…To the point where I think phones are actually doing more harm than good. If everyone in the world had a heroin addiction we’d be concerned wouldn’t we?

Indeed – I worry more about the affect it is having on the developing minds of the younger generation, especially in how it sets their behaviour and social norms.

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