Why stick with seven deadly sins when there are so many things we could get up to? Life is just too busy to stick with such a small number. Seven is just so last year. Over the coming month as part of the A-Z blogging challenge, I am going to bring the list up to date with my suggested 26 modern deadly sins. Fess up if these are something you do.
A is for Apps. Come on, admit it. Who isn’t addicted to their Smartphone? We can’t leave the things alone. We don’t need an excuse. They have become a fetish, a talisman, a good luck charm. They are just too darned useful. Apparently thirty four percent of us admit to waking up in the middle of the night just to check them. Fear of missing out.
I found that statistic in the wee small hours.
The real driver for this phenomenon is those little bits of code that turn them from a device your ring people to an endless source of entertainment. Apps! There are hundreds of thousands of them and new ones introduced every day yet how many once downloaded are never used? The attrition rate is huge yet our appetite is insatiable.
We’ve lost the art of conversation, communication and face to face interaction. All we can see are the small plates of glass in our hands and the wonderful windows into the modern world that are apps. They’ve boiled our attention span down to bite sizes pieces, digestible yet forgettable. They have commoditised the interesting and screen tapped our lives into a series of transactions. Our thumbs are our most important interface device.
Though shalt not over rely on apps.