Is a smartphone really a good or a bad thing? Perhaps it can be both? Whenever I see a person using a smartphone while walking, I immediately consider it to be a negative thing. However, I know that sometimes I do the same thing myself. The fact is, when people use their phones in a certain way, it is not always a bad thing.
We often observe people checking and playing with their phones during the day, at night, and even during mealtimes, but they are not necessarily wasting time while using their phones.
I like to do my assignments or research at home, on my phone, because it is more comfortable and relaxing; however, whenever my cousin or my aunt stops by and sees that I am using my phone, they will often give me a disapproving look. Perhaps they think that I am wasting my time playing games, watching movies or chatting, when in reality I was replying to emails and translating words that I did not understand for my studies. It is true that I don’t use my phone as a study tool all the time, but often I do.
I have a special study habit that I developed after reading some articles about concentration and focus: I take 5-10-minute breaks after studying 30-45 minutes. During my breaks, I look outside through the window or sometimes look at my phone. I do use my phone to play games sometimes, but it is to help me unwind and feel less stressed or exhausted. Sometimes I go to YouTube and search for some funny videos to watch, just to “refresh” my brain from studying. Other times, I chat with my family or friends, or just look at their social media profiles to stay up-to-date about their lives.
I have to admit, though, that while using my phone, I sometimes lose track of time and use it for too long. One time I was watching a Chinese TV series, one episode after another, and when I finally looked at my watch, it was already 3 o’clock in the morning.
So, do I have a definitive conclusion about smart phones? Not really – in my opinion, it depends. I think if an object or a tool is overused, it becomes a negative thing. On the other hand, everything has two sides, so it can also be used in a positive manner within certain limits. It simply depends on who is using the smartphone for what, and how engrossed they become in it.