Portfolio of Hope

Phones are addictive. They’re the first thing we reach for in the morning when we wake up, and the last thing we look at when we go to bed. They have become our life, and it’s not healthy. We scroll through countless photos of people we don’t even know on Instagram, page after page.

Gone are the days when we would go out with our parents and have a real conversation. Instead, were staring down at a screen whilst our parents sit opposite us, sad that they have lost their child to a phone. Our parents ask us a question and we don’t respond because were too ‘busy.’

I don’t like to think about the amount of days that I have wasted staring at an electronic device. I have become so used to reaching for my phone every time that I’m bored that using it just feels so natural and ‘right’. But phones are far from natural. 99% of the things that you see whilst scrolling through your collection of apps are not real. It’s all some fantasy world that we have all got so caught up in, and so, I’m actively taking steps to limit my phone usage. I’m not saying that I’m going to completley ditch my phone, because that wouldn’t be realistic, but I am going to get back into the real world and interact with real people, not solely people through a screen. And I encourage you to do the same. Put your phone down and live your own life, stop being the observer of other peoples, wishing you had what they had, because most of it isn’t real. People only show you the things that they want you to see, portraying themselves as having the ‘perfect’ life, when perfection doesn’t exsist. It’s time for you to stop being an audience member, and start being the lead performer in your own life. It’s time for you to start living. It’s time for you to put down your phone. Take the first step today!


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