How many times a day do you look at your smartphone? We use them to check our email, play games, send texts, navigate, check the weather, order food, take pictures of food, review food, read the news and sometimes make a phone call. Whether we like it or not, it's difficult to survive in 2016 without one, but that doesn't mean it's impossible.
Recently, Facebook user Connie Chan posted this story about smartphones that quickly went viral. While we have no way of verifying whether or not this exchange actually happened, the message is still important. Chan tells the story of a school teacher reading letters from students in her class. As she sifts through them, one boy's message sticks out from the others. When her husband notices that she looks shaken by what she's read, the teacher begins to read him what was written on the note.
We don't want to give away what the little boy wrote that brought that school teacher to tears, but it has a lot to do with society's relationship with smartphones and technology. Let's just say that this kid is wiser than a lot of adults out there who are spending their days glued to technology. Our phones are great, there's no arguing that, but sometimes it's important to stop and focus on the people in front of us instead of the people inside our screens.
A teacher was at home, and after dinner she started checking the homework done by her students. Her husband was strolling around with his smart phone, playing his favorite game ‘Candy Crush Saga’.
When reading the last note, tears rolled silently down the wife's face.
Her husband saw this and asked, "Why are you crying dear? What happened?"
Wife: "Yesterday I gave homework to my first grade students, to write something on the topic of 'My Wish.'"
Husband: "OK, but why are you crying?"
Wife: "Today, the last note made me cry.
Husband curiously: "What’s written in the note that makes you cry?"
'My wish is to become a smartphone.
My parents love their smartphones very much.
They care about their smartphones so much that sometimes they forget to care about me. When my father comes home from the office tired, he has time for his smartphone, but not for me.
When my parents are doing some important work and the smartphone starts ringing, within a single ring they answer the phone. But not me...even if I am crying.
They play games on their smartphones, not with me. When they are talking to someone on their smart phones, they never listen to me, even if I am telling them something important.
So, my wish is to become a smartphone.'"
After listening to the note, the husband got emotional and asked his wife, "Who wrote this?"
Wife: "Our son."