Is a life without electronic devices still conceivable?
by Kilian and Lars
It sounds like the deepest Middle Ages. But it is true! There was also a life without electronic devices. Nowadays everyone owns a smartphone or other electronic device, but how was life without these inventions?
On the one hand the communication was completely different, people had to either write letters and send them by mail or walk to the phone booth to talk to friends. If you were lucky, the family had a home phone. However, this was not as we know it today by radio, but it was connected with a cable and you had to stay within range.
Another thing that has changed is the leisure activities. In the past, children used to go out to play football on the street or to play catch. Others met in the park and explored nature for adventures
Love has also changed. Nowadays you write to each other by WhatsApp or you end it on the phone. People used to write real love letters that came from the heart or they met in person, but people dreamt about things like writing girls on Instagram.
People have lost creativity, they just hang out at home. They no longer meet up with friends, but arrange to play Fortnite on Playstation. No one goes to the nearby football field in town to play football. Nobody plays in the garden or climbs into their tree house anymore. More and more people lose interactive communication with each other, while they don’t even notice it.
These points are showing, that electronic devices changed our lives not positive. But there are also many features, that make our daily life easier. Google Maps replaced the classic maps. In a few seconds, the app can tell you, where to go. Taking a foto is these days much faster and easier. Old schools had to always have a camera with them.
We asked 3 teenagers, where the mobile become an important part of their lives. They said, that they are spending two to three hours daily on their phones. You have to ask yourself: “what would I do, if I haven’t got a mobile” Not only the mobile is a “timekiller”. Every boy we asked, said that he played or is playing video games. Also one to three hours daily. On the weekend sometimes more , than five hours. The difference from today’s games to video games 20 years ago is, that they have no end. It is impossible to finish the game.
For me, the biggest problem is, that we, the teenagers, lost our creativity. I was at a party a few weeks ago and seven guys at the same age sit down and all looked on their phones. I asked myself: “What would my dad have done , when he was in my age ?” They would dance, talk about girls, maybe smoke something, but they would never sit down and do nothing. Just wachting on their phones. If you think, that you aren‘t concerned, just try it! Let your mobile at home for a hole day. Many of our teenagers, we asked, told us, that they feel empty or lost, when they aren‘t available anymore. When you have this fear, just try to don‘t look that often on your phone. The medienpsychologe Thorsten Fehr talks from a “digital drug“. He says, that it is very important to controll the mobile time of their childrens. He underlines, that kids in a young age skip an important development of becoming an adult.
To solve the problem, we found a website, which helps to find a good balance between using your phone and not get addicted. Also for parents, there are important tipps, how to behave.
The goal should be, that every electronic device is only a feature for solving a problem in everyday life. Communications should be more personal and more directly. Parents have the task to control the mobile time of their children, because we think that spending time at your mobile or computer, is wasted time.