Beyond a shadow of doubt, mobile devices are here to stay and further develop in its engagement of man. Ironically, what was designed to increase convenience made our lives much more complex than it already was. In order to be in control of this revolution – instead of being controlled by it – here are some easily implementable actions you can consider adopting:
The anxiety faced in the absence of one’s mobile phone is known as ‘nomophobia’. Unlike alektorophobia, ephebiphobia, soceraphobia, chromophobia… and the woe-to-mankind list goes on, nomophobia has discreetly embedded and burrowed deep its tentacles into our psychology without so much of a conscious concession from us. Because our reliance on these devices to facilitate our everyday living is, for the general population, almost second to none, inevitably our psychology has evolved to acclimatised to these digital aids.
We are each presented with an opportunity within a brief moment in time to leave a mark within and beyond the environment we have been placed into. Some pass on leaving the seeds of transformation in the hearts and minds of people or in their physical environment, values and accomplishments that transcends their mortality; some others leave with barely a notable trace. Then there is the bunch whose legacy would be better off erased.
I was on the bus to work one morning, when a man boarded a couple of stops later. It did not take long to realise that he was mentally unsound from the way he was mumbling and shouting vulgarities to himself incessantly, for a whole dreaded – what seemed like eternity – 45 minutes journey. By the time I alighted, my head was heavy and antagonised from the verbal abuse (though not directed at me). Stepping into the office, I struggled with the keys, rattled the doorknob, and slammed the door open, causing a colleague to jump where she was sitting. Even the seconds and minutes following it, I did not think of my behaviour to be significantly deviant enough to apologise or to reflect on.
First impressions are formed within seven seconds! Yes, seven grand seconds. And how you look and act contributes a whopping 55% to this first impression. Undeniably, appearance matters. In fact, good grooming projects a healthy self-esteem and the pride one takes in presenting him/herself to the world. However, what if the importance placed on appearance becomes grossly imbalanced with the grooming of the mind?
While ‘vulgarity’ is the synonym of ‘inelegance’, if ‘inelegance’ is likened to a crippled swan, ‘vulgarity’ then conjures up a squawking, pecking one on steriods, with broken, barb-baring feathers, poking out from haphazardous flapping wings. No, I’ve not seen one before, yet this non-existing swan pretty much ‘birdify’, what a person who uses vulgarities is – lack of self-restrain and just plain ugly.