Tope Akinyemi came for an interview in my firm yesterday, he was most qualified and did well but lost the Job because throughout the interview session he was unable to get his eyes off his mobile phone, he could not resist the temptation whenever it vibrates.
Beholding this activated this question;
Why are there so many Electronic slaves in Nigeria ?
Like it or not, we are experiencing a weakening in the preference of self consciousness and self restriction to the phone power and responding quickly when they buzz, ring or vibrate.
Our electronic tool are taking over our relationships and since they are becoming so compelling, they offer us intermittent reinforcements that same uncertain stimulus that sustains the alcohol addiction or makes a mother respond to her falling baby.
Our phones now conditioned us to respond as obedient dogs, ready to comply at all times.
Some others have endowed their phones – BESTIE, gazing continuously at their screen, set to see and reply neglecting human relationships around them.
Most can’t sleep without their phones lying beside them at least to keep chatting on social media platforms till they sleep off ( that’s even if they would sleep off).
Bless Power bank packs but when their phone’s battery gets low there’s a subconscious restlessness that requires it being charged immediately.
A contemporary Nigerian proverb even states that;
” the only warning Nigerians takes seriously is the low battery warning” that’s when they remember to complain that The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) has not brought power that day and fuel price is high.
Research has revealed that relating more electronically than in person undermines one’s capacity for empathy and that constant interruptions interfere with one’s ability to concentrate, (Whybrow, 2015).
Neuroscientists have also discovered that rapid shifting back and forth between tasks makes us less focused and effective (Foerde, Knowlton & Poldrack, 2006)
The phone’s powerful external stimulus may also affect our sense of agency, our internal locus of control because research also has it that the locus of control has become less internal and more external in recent years ( Twenge, Zhang & LM, 2004)
Therefore, there should be a balance, and this is the Balance!
Delaney Ruston, a physician and producer of screenagers recommends- setting personal boundaries, it is absolutely conscious and steps taken should be deliberate until the become habitual:
No phones when busy at work.
No phones in class.
No phones while eating.
Phones should be on silence when sleeping so as avoid interruptions……
Be free to add up more “no phones” restrictions that would fit your schedule.
The Electronic age should not make Electronic slaves.