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Five Dads and The Mobile Revolution

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I have an iPhone 3GS. It’s my second iPhone. The first one died. It was probably my fault. I was standing outside in the rain way too long. I had it inside my rain jacket, but when I got back to the hotel, it was completely dead. After a few hours, I started to think about whether I should buy a new iPhone or another type of mobile phone. A few days later I realized that I was more or less addicted to the iPhone. I was using it for so many things. I was listening to music, taking notes, playing games, using social media and managing my blog (and a lot more), every single day.

Now, I’m thinking about buying an iPhone 4S, that’s because I’m using my phone even more than I used to. And I have an iPad and a MacBook Pro. So many gadgets, so little time.

But, even though I have all sorts of mobile devices, I have been thinking about whether I should be using them all the time, and continue to work and play whenever I am awake. It feels like that’s what I’m currently doing. Remember, I’m the pomodoro guy.

Don’t get me wrong. I love what I’m doing. And that’s why I am doing it all the time, even when I’m out running.

The reason why I started to think about the mobile revolution today wasn’t something I did. It was rather something I didn’t.

It happened while I was attending my daughters swimming practice earlier today. I was on the bleachers looking at my daughter swim. I wanted to take a picture of her, or make a video, because I realized that I can do that with my phone. And I’m so proud of her. But, I didn’t.

What I did, was doing some creative thinking about my brand new business, and then, some new perspectives on the serial killer I have created. I turned my head, looked to the left, and I watched five dads on the bleachers. They didn’t look at their kids. They were all staring on their phones.

I was switching my view. Looking at the dads, then, looking at their kids swimming, then, looking at the dads. I felt a little proud. I was there, with my daughter, but at the same time, I was part of the mobile revolution.

People are different.

Technology is turning people into something I can’t explain. Let me just say that people today are not what they used to be like when I was young.

I just opened the door. I am home. I have forgot about the serial killer, and the business I am starting. I have forgot about my daughter and her face when she was looking at me, smiling. I’m still seeing the postures of the five dads and their phones. I’m not sure if anybody can explain what’s happening with people right now, or what’s going to happen to us during the next years.

We’re here, we’re there, we’re everywhere. And at the same time, we’re nowhere.

38 responses to “Five Dads and The Mobile Revolution”

  1. Mark says:

    I truly believe that technology really makes us more separated to reality. I think the best way to fix this is to manage the time that we are attached to the technology and still have time to be outside.

    • Hey Mark,

      That’s a very interesting observation, and I believe you’re right. This is probably not true for all people, but I’ve seen a lot of examples from people who are on Facebook while they are at parties, and they’re not focusing on the people who are in the same room as them. They are more interested, or so it seems, with talking to people who are somewhere else. And I don’t think it’s because of the people who are on Facebook are more interesting than the people who are actually there, but it’s because of technology and how easy it is to connect with “everybody”.

  2. Carolyn says:

    Hi Jens, You’re absolutely right, it’s important to disconnect to be with our families and not miss out on the important events in our lives. I just reviewed an app that allows you to sign documents from your smartphone, in the hope that you can get work done while away from the office and spend more time with your family.

    But mobile is a double-edged sword. It gives us the ability to un-tether ourselves from the office, but it also means that work can accompany you wherever you go.

    I’m glad you provide some perspective on this, Jens!

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I try my best to disconnect when I’m with my family and friends, but I find myself looking at the phone more and more. It might be because I’m starting a business and I’m thinking about the business all day long. But, at the same time, I feel that I just need to see what’s going on with my friends around the world.

      What I’m doing right now, is to set aside time to be with my online friends, and time to be with my family and offline friends. I believe this is the best thing to do for all 🙂

      On the other hand, I find myself “working” whenever I am on a break, like waiting for the bus, walking to the office etc. It’s very interesting to see what technology is doing to us, and what we’re doing with technology.

  3. Ileane says:

    Jens, I’m a big fan of gadgets and I always have been. But I refuse to buy a smart phone. LOL! I already spend way too much time online and if I had an iPhone I’m not sure I would ever sleep. Fun post Jens, thanks.

    • That’s what I’ve been thinking as well. I probably shouldn’t own a smart phone 🙂

      It’s hard to separate what’s work and what’s not. But, as long as I’m having fun, I don’t really care.

  4. Jack says:

    Hi Jens,

    I think about this often because if I don’t I turn into one of those dads. I am guilty of checking my phone during games and other events where I should be focused on something else.

    I don’t always do it, but often enough that I am aware of it. I want the kids to see that I consider them to be important enough to be focused on them.

    • Hi Jack,

      I am actually one of those dads. I don’t check my phone a lot, but way too often. And every time I do it, I feel guilty, because I’m not focused on what I should be focusing on.

  5. Hajra says:

    I was just having a similar conversation the other day. Everywhere I go I see phones staring at people all around. Yes, the phones are taking over humans. And that is scary.

    In college when we went to concerts, all we saw was the stars; now all we see is cameras floating around. Maybe we are failing to realize the importance of actually being in the moment and are busy capturing it!

    I for once used to be addicted to mobile phones but I try my best! I feel we need to be enjoying moments understand how they will make for the best of memories!

    • I think about this every single day Hajra, and it’s scary and interesting. I used to watch my wife’s sister, she was 14 years old and she was sending text messages faster than I could talk. She was amazing, and I was just watching her text, her fingers were the fastest fingers I had seen, and at that moment I thought that it would only be a thing for 14 year olds. But, that’s more than 10 years ago, and now, everybody are staring at their phones. It doesn’t matter how old they are, or if they are a boy or a girl.

      As a blogger, I keep thinking that I should join the mobile revolution and earn money from it, but as a dad (and a human being) I’m more scared than seeing the oportunity. On the other hand, I am very fascinated as well, it might turn us into zombies, but it might actually do more good than harm too.. I am not sure 🙂

      • Hajra says:

        Oh yes…I see my brother typing and he is faster than me and he thinks we should have a race all the time, just to increase the speed! 😉

        Nothing is bad in itself, it is just how much we let it rule us. For example, you know have phones with storage capacity of 5000 songs… how many of us can actually recall that many! It is harming us because we are letting it do so!

  6. Bill Dorman says:

    Whoa now, something’s different here; what did you do?

    When I am out I try to keep the phone in my pocket. If my wife is with me, as soon as I pull it out she starts giving me a hard time. She thinks I’m plugged into social, which I am, but not on the tweets or Facebook as much some are. I’m more in the blogs kind of guy anyway…..

    I do like my iPhone4s and still learning it’s capabilities.

    • Things are happening. I’ve spent a few hours today playing with a new design. I’m becoming a business guy, so I need to look like a business guy 🙂

      I am also getting a hard time from my wife when I pull out my phone, but not so much at the time, since this is actually how I am going to try to make a living 🙂

      My next phone will be an iPhone 4S. By the way, do you use an iPad?

  7. Sergio Felix says:

    Hey Jens,

    Well, I’ll be short and brief with this.

    I consider myself a technology guy since that’s actually what I studied in the first place (Systems Engineering) but, I’m more than aware of the disconnection that we’re having these days due to electronic gadgets.

    I don’t own a smart phone and to be quite honest, just by looking at how hard is to speak with my girlfriend lately because she spends all of her time using her iphone and her ipad, it really makes me think twice about getting one for me.

    I know that a smart phone is a must for anyone running an online business but it can become a productivity killer it not used right.


    PS. I really like the way you’re changing your design. Big fan of Studio Press! 😉

    • Hi Sergio,

      I’m thinking that it might be better to work when we work, and then keep everything else separated. But I’m not really sure, because the people who are spending the most time on their phones and computers doesn’t seem to work online (like we do). For instance, I don’t use social media that often when I’m on my phone, I use software like Evernote to keep track of my thoughts, and I’m adding notes and stuff like that.

      I have just switched to the Genesis Framework on this site, and I’m going to use it on all my sites from now on 🙂

  8. Ruth Zive says:

    Today is “Family Day” where I live. I’m not supposed to be working. But sure enough, I’m glued to my iPhone, my MacBook…my gadgets. I have several projects to complete for clients – I was even emailing with clients at 6:30 this morning (seems I’m not the only one overlooking Family Day). Okay. Nuff said. You’ve made a profound point Jens. I’m off to bake some banana cake with my children. Yum.

    • Hi Ruth,

      We do what we do, because we love it. That’s how I like to think. On the other hand, “family day” sounds awesome and we should be able to focus 100% on our families once in a while 🙂

      Banana cake sounds delicious. It’s been a while since I’ve eaten it, but I can still taste it. Now I’m hungry, thanks a lot 🙂

  9. Technology is awesome, and I’m not sure what I would do without it. The problem, like you said, is that many people become addicted to it, and we stop thinking about how we use it and why.

    Thanks a lot for your comment.

  10. Adrienne says:

    Hey Jens,

    I think that’s one of the reasons I’m not that big on cell phones as many others are. Sure, they’re convenient but when I’m away from my home I want to leave my business behind. If people want to talk to me, leave me a message.

    I can’t stand someone coming over to visit me and they’re constantly answering their phone. I find that extremely rude and disrespectful. As you said about these five Dads, why are they there? I guess that by showing up at their daughters swimming practice that was enough! They weren’t even paying attention. Don’t get me wrong, I know that a lot of people have very important things that can’t be ignored or left behind at times. I just believe there is a place and time for everything.

    I think a few people got your message and an important one it was. You’re a great Dad Jens!

    • I have been thinking a lot about this as well, and separating work and private life is what we should be doing. But with a smart phone, and iPad it’s very hard. I keep checking them more than I should, even though I have been focusing not to for a long time. And when I’m on a roll, I feel very distracted and won’t get anything done 🙂

  11. Morris says:

    I don’t have an iPhone, but I have a Nokia. It has been in the water twice. Not in a little humidity. Both times up to my water. Once freezing, the other time very hot.

    From my perspective, my network is much larger now than ever. I mean across several continents and countries. While I was in Shanghai, I could be chatting with my sister in Texas. Technology made us much closer.

    Over the years I spend a lot of time with technology when I needed to. It was my job.
    What is the difference between being on Facebook at a party as opposed to being a wall flower at a dance (age showing here;).

    Enjoyed the article. Give the Shanghainese Seasoned Oil a try.

    • Hey Morris,

      My wife has a Nokia, it’s not been in the water (for all that I know), but she’s dropped it on the floor many times, and I believe our kids have been tossing it around as well 🙂

      Technology, and the fact that we’re online 24/7 makes it so much easier to build a network and build relationships with people. I have a lot more friends now than I could ever dream of when I was younger 🙂

  12. Vernette Carbon says:

    Great post you got there. I had fun reading it and it gave me Ideas. Thanks so much for the share

  13. Becca says:

    Technology has many opportunity that offers to us. And it is also the reason why some are
    still working even weekends and their personal life is neglected. I always remind myself to
    not use m family time for work and especially for kids.

    • Hi Becca,

      That’s the thing with technology, there are so many benefits and some negative effects. I have been reading about all the people who are now addicted to various types of technology, from games to Facebook, it’s scary. And it seems that people are more or less addicted to being online with their friends as well 🙂

  14. Antonio says:

    your site design is wonderful, it makes me personally want to hang around longer,
    you obviously understand what you are doing, cheers

  15. Nicholle Olores says:

    Mobile revolution is part of the technology and as we observe many people are happy with this adaptation of latest technology. When I got my phone I always sticking to it and stay longer using it.

    • I’ll be ordering the iPhone 4S during March, and I know that I’ll be using it way too much. I love gadgets, and there are so many interesting apps that I keep testing. And I check my Twitter account over and over again 🙂

      • Nicholle Olores says:

        Wow, that sounds so nice Jens. I am not particular with gadgets I just use to have one and I am contented to that but being a technology geek is great, Still keep it up! 🙂

  16. Danica Green says:

    Today, people are very dependent on technology especially in mobile phones. From communicating with people to games and business. Phones are really useful for people these days that it became an essential device in the everyday lives of people.

  17. Jeff Hopp says:

    Technology and social media can help connect people and bring them closer together but unfortunately sometimes it actually comes between people. It is easy to get caught up in the mobile revolution, but remember life is right in front of you. Put down your smartphone and enjoy your family.

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