Stay Unconnected To Be Connected

Stay Unconnected To Be Connected

Leave the phone at home or log off to catch yourself a break, because we all need that from time to time.

We all rely on connections to survive. When you hear that, what does that make you think of? Relying on people, places, or maybe social media. We all connect in some way, shape or form. Maybe it’s time to stop or find a new way to connect, with ourselves and people. Social media seems to be slowly taking over our lives and we don't even realize it.

It’s sad that nowadays people are constantly glued to their phones. I mean why wouldn’t you? Everything you could imagine is on it. If you have a question about something you don’t know, ask Siri. If you want to see where a certain person is, you can look on ‘Find my Friends’ or on Snapchat. If you want to see what a person is eating today, go on Facebook or Instagram. There is always something for everything. We constantly are checking up on everyone's daily life to see what they are doing and what they have been up to. I can’t say that I’m not guilty of doing this either. It’s almost like it’s an addiction. We have become more fascinated with other peoples lives instead of just living our own.

It’s hard to not compare yourself to people, social media makes it so much more difficult. I don’t know about you, but I always see these beautiful girls on Instagram, with tan skin, a perfect body, and always in an ‘artsy’ destination. We all want to be and look just like these girls, whether we say so or not. Looking to see that some people have over a thousand followers and get at least 600 likes on their pictures. All for what? You can’t honestly tell me that you know 600 people. Suddenly, you have became important to everyone else. If you didn’t get at least over 100 likes, you have to delete it because you worry that your life may not seem as interesting as the others. When realistically, you probably do know 100 people. Those are the people you talk to or they're your friends and family. People now find it impressive if you get a lot of likes on a picture. I remember once listening to someone contemplating on posting a picture because it may not get over a thousand likes, like how the last one did. I’ve also heard someone say they didn’t want to post their picture yet because it wasn’t a good "posting time," they needed to wait because apparently more people go on Instagram at a certain time. Who knew... And why does it matter? Why can’t people post what they want and when they want to? We shouldn’t be concerned on what people think or if we will look important to others. In high school and college you can see what this does to a person. You’re either popular or unpopular based on followers, likes, retweets, etc. Always wanting to be doing and looking like someone else.

Looking around the room, I guarantee you will see someone on their phone. Maybe they’re killing time, or checking their emails, or receiving a text. There is always a time and a place for everything, as they say. The next time you go out to dinner at a restaurant with someone, look around and see who is engaging with the person they came with or if they are just sitting on their phone. I don’t see a purpose in going out at all if all you’re doing is checking your phone. You’re engaging with everything and everyone else in the world, besides the person you came with. I miss when I was younger and didn’t own a phone yet. I remember at the time when I was the age of 12 begging to get a phone because everyone had one. Now I’m thankful that my parents made me wait. I see kids at the age of at least seven or eight years old with a phone. It’s not just any phone, its an iPhone. They will be having complete different experiences from what I had. From the age of six to 13 when I was with my friends prior to social media and phones, we would be always finding something to do. Weather it would be playing outside, having countless sleepovers, doing our makeup and hair for fun and so much more. Now when we hang out, most of the time we sit in silence if we have nothing to say and look on our phones. Talking about people and what we see on social media. There are no secrets anymore for anyone. Word travels fast in that way.

I think people would be happier without social media. I don’t know about you, but I wish it could all go away most days. Our lives would be completely different and we may never know what it would be like. We as people need to find a control. New ways to connect to people. Spending more time having new experiences with people and not feeling pressured to post something immediately on Instagram or Twitter or whatever it may be. Leave the phone at home or log off to catch yourself a break, because we all need that from time to time. There are so many simple solutions to social media and phones that we don’t even realize because we're too caught up in it all. We need to be more unconnected to be connected.

Now ask yourself, how much time do you spend on your phone?

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To Curb Phone Addiction, I Turned My Phone Grayscale

And it (almost) worked

For the past couple days, I’ve been seeing gray.

Though my wardrobe occasionally suggests otherwise, I’m not color-blind. Instead, my phone’s been turned to grayscale.

The idea, at least according to writers and tech enthusiasts like the New York Time’s Nellie Bowels, is to curb phone addiction. Through removing color (and with it, any sense of joy), your iPhone ideally becomes less of a distraction and is less likely to appeal to your pre-evolutionary instincts for finding shiny, colorful things. Or something. Give me some slack, I’m going off of 100-level biology here.

The fact that I did it on a whim, through something I found while mindlessly scrolling through my phone, might have something to say about why I added the filter in the first place. There may or may not be implications worth exploring there.

I kept my phone grayscale for a couple days, just long enough to throw myself off.

During the first 24 hours, I was getting serious Wizard of Oz vibes, especially if I looked up after answering an email or scrolling through Facebook.

Going grayscale didn’t hamper me too much, though I challenge you to find enjoyment on Instagram with every photo taking on the look of the same gimmicky filter (though, to be honest, that’s not too different from my usual experience browsing Instagram).

But my phone did immediately seem less appealing.

Like the world’s worst scientist, I didn’t keep metrics. But I could already notice I was spending less time overall on the phone. Going grayscale didn’t prevent me from randomly checking my phone. But, at least at first, I was using my phone less each time I checked it.

My battery life was never great to begin with but it seemed as if my phone was able to hold a charge better than usual. Even after waking up at 6 in the morning and being on campus all day without a charger handy, my phone only dropped as low as 50% before I made it home.

Albeit, it wasn’t a particularly scientific experiment. But it felt nice, at times, feeling less attached to my phone.

For you tech acolytes wanting to try this out, it’s easy enough, though I only gave this a shot on my iPhone.

On iPhone, it’s fairly simple. Basically, you visit the Accessibility menu in General settings.

Add a color filter through the “Display Accommodations” option.

And voila. You're gray.

Android users have a few more steps to go through.

If you do try it out, let me know how it goes. You might find a longer battery life (and some sanity) along the way.

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iPhone X: Setting The Precedent For Smartphones For The Next Decade

Set to become the first trillion dollar company, Apple never fails to out-do itself.

The iPhone X, not "x" but rather the roman numeral X, has been one of the top selling devices during Q4 of 2017 and is showing strong promise in sales during Q1 of 2018. Named in honor of 10 years of iPhone, the newest flagship phone from Apple packs some pretty insane features (queue in Samsung users stating they've had these features for years).

Rocking a six-core Intel processor, the A11 Bionic chip is like nothing seen on an iPhone. Powered by iOS 11, the iPhone X delivers high-end speed and performance that is unmatched. Meet the new Neural Engine; housed within the A11 chip, this dual-core chip processes all AI and machine learning tasks and is the driving force behind features such as face ID and Animoji.

Now the iPhone X removes the home button and touch-ID, one of the most beloved features of the iPhone, but can I say the home button is so last year. With gestures, the fluidity of the iPhone is unlike any devices on the market. Face ID is so fast and sometimes I feel as though there isn't even a password in my phone; yep, it's that fast. Now you can unlock your phone with a glance.

With a virtually bezel-less display, the iPhone X looks and feel incredible. Not to mention the OLED Super Retina display that complements the device perfectly providing a crisp picture quality.

To nobody's surprise, the iPhone X is rocking some incredible power when it comes to the dual camera system, now with optical image stabilization, on the back and even the front-facing camera. It’s been a staple that iPhone has the greatest camera but get ready for front facing portrait mode. Take selfies like never before.

With this phone you will get standard features like IP67 water resistant rating and some new ones including wireless charging, which is super convenient; I haven't plugged in my phone since I got it. The new dual L shaped battery, which is due to the new stacked logic board, gives you all-day battery life. Seriously, all day.

Paired with an amazing operating system iOS 11, iPhone X is one of the best, if not the best, device on the market and is 100 percent worth the money

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