According to an article by the New York Post, Americans check their phones 80 times a day.
This is tough to read, but easy to believe.
I go to Tennessee Tech University, and I see this all over campus. People walking with their nose stuck in their phones looking at pretty much the same content over and over again. Many people put themselves in harm’s way so many times because they are fixed on their screen and don’t pay attention to anything else surrounding them.
For example, one day I was walking to class on campus, and a man was looking at his phone, just like every other person on campus, but he decided he would walk into the middle of the road unannounced. Considering this was on school grounds, and every car travels at the speed of snails, cars are jammed on the road.
I watched him walk right in front of a huge truck that could have easily mashed this guy into the asphalt. The truck stopped abruptly and the driver gave him a whole flock of birds so generously. The man walking never even budged.
This experience is not even close to how dangerous my next experience is.
As I was traveling home on I-40, I noticed a double-semi was wavering. Me being a worried driver in the slow lane, I decided to pass him in case he wanted to double cross me. As I approached the driver’s window, he is watching Netflix on his phone stand while driving.
I was boiling mad. I honked my horn and rolled down my window hoping he would notice my insanity. He finally looked over, and I’m giving him my crazy eyes and start pointing at his phone.
He looked back to the road with his phone still on and wouldn’t look at me again. I thought to myself how awful it would be if he hit someone because of a dumb show.
Another thing that chills me to the bone is when people are clearly on dates and they are scrolling on their phone instead of talking to their date. My fiancé and I went to a nice restaurant in Nashville one day and saw this disappointing scene.
The girl was dressed to impress her date, while he was shoveling his meal in his face while looking at his phone. She looked so sad while she spun her pasta being as quiet as can be.
Now I understand that people need to look at their phone for communicating and for fun in their free time. But there are times when a person shouldn’t, and I consider my experiences as bad times to fixate on a phone.
My 2 cents is to look up from a screen and look at your surroundings because the student walking across the street missed free ice cream, the driver missed a van full of softball players, and the guy on the date could have missed the chance with the girl of his dreams.
Emma Holmes is an intern at the Standard. She can be reached at 473-2191.