There’s still time

Taranaki Daily News - - Opinion - Stephanie Mitchell

Thank you to Stuff re­porter Kris Boult for his ar­ti­cle in the Taranaki Daily News on Novem­ber 2 to ad­ver­tise the dance per­for­mances of Just In Time be­ing staged at the Val Deakin Dance The­atre in New Ply­mouth from to­day to Sun­day.

This is to hon­our Suf­frage 125 and cel­e­brate New Zealand women past and present. Peo­ple who love bal­let will be in for a very en­joy­able week­end of watch­ing real sto­ries ex­pressed in dance move­ments. Tick­ets are avail­able at very rea­son­able prices from www.try­book­ing.co.nz/372. Tele­phone 06 755 0644 if you have ques­tions about per­for­mance times.

Mary Per­rott, New Ply­mouth

For some rea­son be­ing glued to my phone, hid­ing in a cor­ner, makes me feel safe and takes the so­cial anx­i­ety away.

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At a re­cent work event I found my­self in a fa­mil­iar panic. I stood in the cor­ner look­ing around for some­one I knew, but there was no one. Not hav­ing the guts to go up and net­work, I reached into my bag, pulled out my phone and scrolled aim­lessly.

Not to pass the time or out of habit, although I do that too, but to hide. My iPhone works as a se­cu­rity blan­ket. It’s my in­vis­i­bil­ity cloak.

If I’m on my phone, look­ing down, not meet­ing any­one’s eye, they can’t see me.

It works in all sit­u­a­tions, from feel­ing awk­ward and anx­ious in a so­cial gather­ing, to avoid­ing Green­peace or the Red Cross on the street.

For some rea­son be­ing glued to my phone, hid­ing in a cor­ner, makes me feel safe and takes the so­cial anx­i­ety away.

What did peo­ple do for so­cial anx­i­ety be­fore phones? Hide in the toi­lets, face the wall or put a pa­per bag over their head?

I know my re­la­tion­ship with my phone is not healthy. How­ever, a lot of our tech­nol­ogy habits aren’t healthy.

When friends and I booked a week­end away at a farm house in the depths of King Coun­try re­cently, we sec­ond-guessed our de­ci­sion when we re-read the list­ing only to find it said no wi-fi.

How would we let Face­book friends and In­sta­gram fol­low­ers know what a great time we were hav­ing, keep our Tin­der game up, or catch the newly-re­leased Poke´ mon Go gen­er­a­tion?

We breathed a col­lec­tive deep sigh and de­cided to go any­way and try to en­joy the fresh air with­out be­ing glued to a screen.

With­out wi-fi, or ser­vice for that mat­ter, I never knew where my phone was be­cause I wasn’t us­ing it and sur­pris­ingly, I didn’t panic.

It was nice not check­ing it ev­ery cou­ple of min­utes out of habit for no real pur­pose.

Dr Sarah Cowie, se­nior lec­turer in be­havioural psy­chol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Auck­land, said many things you can do on smart phones have a high chance of re­ward, like get­ting a like on In­sta­gram or re­ceiv­ing an email.

‘‘You can Google the an­swer to any ques­tion,

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