Thanks to BooksForMe for recommending this. It went so perfectly with the post I did a few days ago.
After talking to another friend, I decided to talk about cell phones some more. She mentioned that they were at a a skating rink recently and noticed that every time one of the kids wasn’t busy, they had their phones out.
It made me realize that perhaps the cell phone has become the teenage security blanket. Even if everyone is ignoring you, you can still pull out your phone and talk to someone. No matter where you are or how awkward or boring the situation, you don’t have to be alone anymore. Even if these people here don’t appreciate you, you have other friends to talk to. In fact, you’re so busy talking to all your friends that you hardly have time to notice these jerks around you.
I know that I have at times found things to be “busy” with when I felt lonely and conspicuous. Do you think that phones can serve the same purpose?
I happened onto a blog of a teenage girl that quoted a line from a song about being afraid of the silence ’cause it screams the truth. She dreads falling asleep at night because in the silence before sleep, she thinks of all kinds of things–problems, mistakes she’s made, and she hates it.
Is that why so many people must have music or TV in the background all the time–because they’re afraid of the silence? Afraid of the truth in the silence? Is that why some people are constantly fiddling with cell phones–because they’re afraid of what they will learn in the silence?
I think silence and stillness are important to a person’s development. Are we robbing our kids of the art of contemplation, and allowing them to avoid facing themselves? Are WE scared of the quiet? If so, what truth are we avoiding?
Edit: I just realized what that truth may be~~~
Be still and know that I am God… Psalm 46:10