Life through a screen

Have you ever been to a show or concert and ever counted how many people are watching it through their mobile phone screens?

I have, and it’s a lot.

Take Bonfire night for example.

My husband and I took our children along to the local fire stations firework display. We does this every year, and every year we really enjoy it.

As the time to light the bonfire gets nearer more and more people start to gather in the crowds, and then as soon as the bonfire is lit, out come the mobile phones.

It’s the same when the fireworks start too. Some people even filmed the entire firework display on their phone meaning that they watched the whole thing through a screen.

It’s madness!

They may have just searched on you tube for fireworks and stayed at home watching them on their phone!

It’s the same for when we go to the theatre or a show somewhere. Whilst the majority of theatres won’t allow video or photos to be taken, I’m always amazed by the amount of the people who still attempt to.

It seems we’ve lost the ability to live in the now.

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To see things with our eyes.

We have this urge to capture everything on camera and share it all over the place.

Why is this?

Don’t get me wrong I love to take photos of my family and videos to capture special moments, but shows and fireworks? I don’t think they’re special moments that need to be captured to the extreme of filming the whole thing. I mean, are you really going to sit back on the sofa one day and watch the whole thing? Probably not!

Instead of living life through a screen, we need to start putting them away and start living life through our eyes. It’s amazing how much more you’ll see when you’re not staring through a screen. Little details that may have other wise been missed.

Just think about how much life you could have missed out on because you were watching it through a screen. It’s almost as if you were never there at all.

18 thoughts on “Life through a screen

  1. You are so right … I remember looking at foreign visitors years ago doing this with their cameras, click, click clicking on everything, and missing the actual moment: now everyone’s at it! #thatfridaylinky

  2. I always think this when I see posts on FB where people have filmed virtually a whole concert and then put it up for us all to see, did they actually see any of it themselves? It’s all a bit mad really isn’t it?

  3. My Hubbie and I were just talking about this the other day Emily! It’s potty! Why would you want to miss out on certain things in al life just to watch them again later? Bonkers. I expect it’s because they want to share it on social media hence missing the point in the first place! Live in the moment people! Great post. #thatfridaylinky

  4. I always take out my phone to capture as many memories as I can of my girls but I also know that they want to see me watching them but not through a phone so I try to place the phone at eye level next to me and take a peak from time to time to make sure I am capturing what I am looking at with my own eyes. I always thought that it was silly for people to video everything but I always go back to my phone and the recordings I made of them when they aren’t around. Their smiles give me motivation and make me so happy to see.

  5. #ThatFridayLinky

    This is so on point. I found that in order to strike a balance, I just shoot a few seconds of that experience and then I put my phone away and focus on the moment.

  6. I think this is a very important point – young people nowadays will end up missing so much because they’re seeing everything through a screen! Phones and technology are brilliant, but there still needs to be an element of moderation x


  7. Sometimes I’m guilty of trying too hard to capture a good picture and other times I kick myself for not taking any. I think to many people the idea of being able to record moments so easily is still a novelty and that hopefully to kids ours’ age it won’t be that big of a deal. #thatfridaylinky

  8. Amen to this! Hated years ago seeing parents record rather than enjoy Nativity Plays and it is only getting worse as social media takes over our entire lives. I never have my phone to hand and am pleased my 3 teenagers have the daftness of social media clear in their minds. There is more to life and as it is so short we need to live it rather than record it methinks. #ThatFridayLinky

  9. It’s everywhere! People are getting together and they are all on their phones! Look at couples out to dinner, at the movies, in the park, walking. My goodness. Connectedness has made us more unconnected than ever before. How on earth do we get back. We have a rule at dinner, no technology. We need to live out loud! #thatfridaylinky xoxo

  10. This is something I’ve been thinking a lot about recently too – it’s almost the force of habit that sees us reaching for our phones when something momentous is about to happen, and in reality, we end up missing it because we’re too busy filming. Thank you for the reminder (especially as it’s school concert season coming up – I need to WATCH and ENJOY rather than SNAP and FILM).

    And this post really resonated with someone else too because they chose to add it to the BlogCrush linky for you. Hurray! Feel free to pop over and grab your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

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