Brought Together By Our Phones

Mobile phones get a bad rep these days. We are told that we spend far too much of our waking day on a phone, new scientific research tells us blue light is bad, looking at your phone last thing at night means you won’t sleep very well and when we are socialising we are constantly picking up our phones to talk to friends we aren’t with, ignoring the ones who we are sat right in front of us.

Personally; I take an hour every morning before I open my phone, I have blue light glasses as I work on screens all day everyday, the last thing I do at night is read a paperback book and phones are always kept in my bag when I’m catching up with friends and family.

But even I didn’t do any of these things, I’d find those phones we all currently have tucked away in our pockets to probably be the best technological invention of my lifetime.

For those of you who are quite new here, I am a self-employed social media consultant and digital content creator. I travel a lot for work and with younger siblings doing amazing degrees in different cities and parents who are rarely on the same continent as us all, it can be incredibly difficult to get us all in the same place at the same time.

Mobile phones bring my family together.

I don’t mean on days when we are all nearby each other and just lazy. But in those vunerable moments where we haven’t seen each other for quite some time and just want to enjoy a familial face for comfort or times you want to celebrate with those who champion you most!

The technological advances in mobile phones mean you can not only send messages to one another or hear one another’s voice but now we have video chats so you can see each other as well. Young children who might have parents who travel or family who live half way around the world will get to interact with the faces of their loved ones whenever they want to.

Today my brother is at Cambridge University, my sister spends a lot of time in Bristol, I live and work in London and my parents are abroad in Dubai for a little while. For my family, technology is vital to remain in touch and stay current on each others lives.

For my family, technology keeps us close together even when we might be oceans apart.

In a heartbeat I can let my parents know something great that has just happened in my career, my sister can send me meme after meme about something she found funny relating to a shared love of something we both had when we were children and my baby brother can tell me all about uni life.

And as someone who grew up into their teenage years without mobile phones really existing I think I can personally forget how incredibly lucky we are to have a piece of technology that connects us the way phones do.

Even if I was still rocking that Nokia 3100 beautiful brick phone and my career today didn’t exist, the ability we have to stay connected to each other through a mobile device – even if the only game on it was Snake – is an incredibly privileged one most of us are lucky to have. 95% of UK households own a mobile phone. That is a staggering percentage!

I am really grateful that mobiles have moved on though, allowed me to keep a calendar to hand, helped create an industry that a decade ago was only a shadow of what it is now and let’s me do what I love every single day. I’m connected on the go, making memories and thankful a brand like Three exists to help make all that happen!

What do you think?

Could you go back to life before mobile phones?

Let me know what you think about yours in the comments below.

Until next time,

 

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This is a paid partnership article with Three, a mobile phone supplier in the UK as part of their Phones Are Good Campaign. Three believe that phones have been getting too hard a time recently. Far from bringing the end to humanity, they think they bring people together. Think about it. These pocket rockets help us plan our social life, find love, build relations, run businesses and make memories. They also keep us connected on the go, including 71 destinations worldwide with Three’s Go Roam proposition. As part of the paid article, Three asked me to share my personal experiences on why phones are good. These opinions, stories and images are my own.

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