Recently, a videoon my social media feed. It shows a young lady looking down at her phone as she a road. The . A car her but she doesn't see it. The car her .
Online comments are largely. Most think she shouldn't have been looking at her phone while crossing the road, even though she . Many shared stories of people they'd seen similarly their phones and others, or worse, putting themselves at risk.
I, I'm sometimes guilty of it too. I often as I walk, especially when I'm in a hurry to reply. As I focus on a message, I end up what's going on around me.
Perhaps all of us have done it, even though we find this behaviourin others. Smart phone in hand, we text, play games, go through our social media feeds, stream videos, take photos, view our photos … The list goes on.
A group of university students in Singapore wanted to change this trend. They started a campaign called Look Up, Look Out. They wanted to encourage people totheir phone screens and pay more attention to what was going on around them.
Their website offers several suggestions: "that thought. Continue updating your Facebook status when you've reached the other side of the road." "Pause that song. Whether it's a Billboard Top 50 or that indie band no one has heard of yet, trust us when we say you can't just it if you get into an accident."
My favourite one is about how we don't have to reply to messages immediately. "Go ahead and annoy your friends a little longer. True friends can wait another minute while you cross the road safely."
In this age of, waiting may seem like a waste of time. But as we try to save time by multi-tasking, we may end up neglecting those around us, or wasting opportunities to something beautiful.
A friend told me about ascene she recently. At a restaurant, she saw a trying to tell her mother something, but the mother couldn't her eyes her phone, what her daughter was saying.
Another friend told me she'd seen a rainbow on her way home. "But no one else around me sees it because they are all looking at their phones!"
What do we miss in the time we spendour phones? We may never know, unless we start to look up and look out.
The Japan Times ST: June 5, 2015