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The evolution of technology has made our lives a lot different — much easier, in some cases — but I’m not so sure it’s done wonders for every aspect of our lives.

Millions of adults, teenagers and even children have connected themselves to the cyberworld, which has changed the social platform significantly. Now, people walk aimlessly down the road so entrenched with their hand-held gadgets that professionals are warning of the dangers of texting and walking.

I’m a culprit myself when it comes to this technology addiction, especially with my craving for news and my constantly growing social appetite.

I sometimes have to catch myself from going overboard with gluing my eyes to the screen and I still slip up from time to time.

Having to use technology has taught me a lot about its most effective and efficient uses. Perhaps the most valuable thing I’ve learned about mobile communications is that there’s a time and place to submerse yourself in the cyber scene.

As many of you know from personal experience, smart phones can do just about anything when it comes to filling a person’s appetite for information and communication. You can text, browse the web, call people, host video and picture messages, and instant message using your preferred messenger platform, such as BBM or Facebook.

These are all awesome tools for people on the go, especially those who are working away from their families and want to stay connected. But when does it become too much?

Some people, especially the hardcore tech heads, would say never.

But even as someone who uses mobile technology frequently, I believe there is a time to put down the phone and get back to the basics.

If we don’t peel our eyes off the screen sometimes, we’re missing out on the values of a fundamental form of communication — human interaction.

Face-to-face conversations provide a much more intimate environment for getting to know a person, because you can try to read their expressions and body language to measure their sincerity or emotion. Sure, people can be deceiving, but I’ll take my chances on them over the Internet any day.

There are times when this addiction to technology is all too evident. I still get freaked out when I walk into a restaurant and see a couple sitting at their table with their phones in their hands, barely speaking to one another, only to share a laugh about what they’re checking out.

Indeed, we are living in a time where face-to-face human interaction has been compromised by our growing appetite for technology. Just remember to put the down phone sometimes and start a conversation with the person next to you. It’s just that simple, and you never know what might come out of it.

banstey@ganderbeacon.ca

Twitter:@beaconnl

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