More Phone Time Is Not Always a Good Thing

Updated on July 24, 2019

Less Desire To Read

The great speed of the Internet

Brings results within seconds

You don't even have to type it in

You just tell it what you want

Then your answers are quickly answered

The more time I spent on my phone

The less and less desire I had to do anything else

The phone started closing in my world

When I normally read a book

Reading it slowly

Visualizing as I go

Bringing words off the paper

Into real live characters

Each describing in great detail

After using my phone more and more

The next time I picked up a book

Within minutes I get distracted

Fidgeting and impatent

My legs restless and tapping

I notice my mind wandering

Even if what I read was exciting

I find myself reading the same paragraph over and over

Then when I close my book

I let out a loud sigh of relief

Left with a feeling

I don't want to go back

Once tired

Now reaching for the cell phone

I can't slide my fingers fast enough

To see what I have missed


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    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      11 months ago

      Brenda Arledge I will do my best. Most of my friends have dogs and they are wonderful. I love our cat Charlotte for many reasons. She doesn't have to be walked every day. We don't have to let her out to go the bathroom. She is a lot smaller and that also means less hair around the house. No barking at a stranger. She does let us know if someone or some animal is in the neighborhood. She is so lovable at the same time she is very independent and likes to be left alone. Please tell me more about your feline friend. Thank you so much for reading and sharing have a beautiful day. The temperature has been in the 90's the past two days. Most of our summer has been rainy. Make today a day to remember.

    • Brenda Arledge profile image


      11 months ago from Washington Court House

      I would love to see the video of your cat if you make it.

      I do believe you, for we have a cat also. Cats seem to train us, waking us up when they want too.

      Have a great Sunday also.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      11 months ago

      Lorna Lamon I love to do the same. There is something about picking up a paper book that draws me like a moth to the light. I ask many young people I work with when was the last time they opened a real paper book. They say not for a long time. Why when I can go on my phone and see everything. I am in love with the experience. It brings back my childhood. Flipping through the pages. The sound and feel of a book. The smell. I am locked into a world so different than looking at a computer screen. My world seems so more personal and user- friendly. It is probably all in my mind. It seems so vivid and real. I get a virtual high. A feeling of inner satisfaction that no computer or laptop or phone has equaled. I have many books. I have been reading books ever since I was little. Most of my books were bought used. I often think who had the book before me and what were they thinking as they read the same lines I am now reading. Sometimes their name is written on the inside cover. They might have underlined a few pages. All this adds to the great experience. At this point, you might think I am making this up but I am not. Thank you for sharing and caring. Life is full of these wonderful surprises that make every day just a little more exciting and powerful. I hope your day turns out lovely.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      11 months ago

      BRENDA ARLEDGE I am guilty also. When I go to sleep our cat Charlotte wakes me up when she feels like it. Today it was 4:35 A.M. I give her attention by patting her and checking if she needs more food or water. She calms down and she goes back to sleep and I go on the laptop and write. I go on Hubpages and check for comments. Close my eyes and dream. Try to write another poem. Then realizing it is still way too early to be up I go back to bed. This way I don't disturb my wife who is in a deep sleep. It works. I can't believe it. Our cat Charlotte has developed this odd habit. She scratches our bed to let me know she wants something. We both our in a deep sleep. We yell Stop!!! She won't stop until I get up and acknowledge she is here. My cat found a way to control me. I am going to try to video her one morning. I don't think you can believe it until you see it. (lol) Thank you for sharing and for giving me awesome examples of how computers play a real part in our everyday life. May you have a beautiful and lovely Sunday.

    • Brenda Arledge profile image


      11 months ago from Washington Court House

      This is so true, I now read books on my phone. Somehow it seems quicker.

      The phone can distract us quite a bit. Like now, I am reading poetry while my other half is taking a nap...I usually try not to use my phone on his days off work...but I am geared toward looking at it.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      11 months ago

      I feel the younger generation can certainly relate to the importance of their phones, however, I look forward each day to turning mine off and curling up with a good book. I love the stories you create in your writing - always a joy to read.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      11 months ago

      Gypsy Rose Lee I have the ability to call any state and I am on the unlimited plan. I love to text too. I am too much for people to handle. So I write to myself and post online when people find the time they comment. I am so pleased to get any response. Many of my family members don't understand why I would want to write and waste my time. I don't bother trying to explain I don't think they will understand anyway. It is a great feeling to share. It goes farther and deeper than words can say. It is a feeling of giving and when we write we explore ideas that we didn't even know we had. The words just write themselves. Crazy huh. I am always ready to write and explore this wonderful world we all share and call home. Thank you so much and feel free to respond at any time. Your comments mean so much to me. They help me grow as a writer and as a person. Have a beautiful night.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      11 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Now that I have my simple flip-top phone I realize I could have done with a cell phone back in the days when I was working outside my home and I had plenty of people to call. Now I have my phone and no one to call.

    • DREAM ON profile imageAUTHOR

      DREAM ON 

      11 months ago

      Tim Truzy Before I now have a newer and more modern phone. I only had a cheap flip phone to make and receive calls in the past. I honestly believed that is all I needed. Then when my phone stopped working it was about the same price to have the Internet and all the bells and whistles. Then the whole world opened up. I no longer had to wait to go home and write. I could answer quickly and respond to anything on the Internet at any time. This I first thought was amazing. As the charm wore off the reality of quickly checking my phone at the next buzz. I can see my sense of joy being replaced by anxiety and impatience. I wanted it to go faster and do more things. Even though it did a thousand more things than my old phone. I still wasn't happy. Careful not to overstep the imaginary boundaries that seem to draw me in. I was walking on uncharted waters. It could also be far more dangerous. I absolutely love my phone but I have to set up real perimeters. Then I can enjoy the good with the phone and not forget living in the real world. Thank you so much for reading and may today open up the greatness in everyone we know.

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      Tim Truzy 

      11 months ago from U.S.A.

      You capture today's world exactly in verse. I have to fight somedays to turn this phone off and say: "No more!" Great poem. Sincerely, Tim


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