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Rocky student ditches phone to reconnect with real world

SWITCHED OFF: Anna Murphy has ditched her smart phone for two weeks in order to reconnect with her friends in person.
SWITCHED OFF: Anna Murphy has ditched her smart phone for two weeks in order to reconnect with her friends in person. Chris Ison Rokcphone

MOST 20-year-olds can't bear a minute without their mobile phone.

But Rockhampton student Anna Murphy has told all her friends, don't call her and don't message her, because she is switching off for two weeks.

After watching a video doing the rounds of Facebook regarding the use of phones and then having a conversation with her dad, who pointed out she was paying more attention to her phone than him, Anna said it was time to stop and listen.

"As a society what have we become?" Anna asked.

"We use a smartphone and it's so smart that it has us becoming so dumb that all we need to do is remember, which buttons to press, swipe and tap and most importantly where to plug in the charger."

Anna has had a phone for over six years and used her iPhone daily for texting, Facebook, Instagram and playing music… "oh, and for the occasional phone call".

"There was a lot of texting; it was the first port of call with contacting people."

The final year nursing student at CQUniversity now only uses Facebook on the home computer since her self-imposed ban, which started on Tuesday.

"A lot of people have really been impressed at the effort," she said.

"I haven't missed it at all, it has been kind of a relief."

Even though she will pick up her phone again after the two weeks is over, she intends to restrict its use in the future, and has already deleted Facebook and Instagram.

"I can see how society is functioning."

Going out to social events and clubs, Anna said it was hard to meet people because they were normally sitting there on their phones not communicating. "It is almost like a brick wall that goes up," she said.

"Put your phones down and look up."

Topics:  cquniversity, games and gadgets, smart phone, technology




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