LETTER OF THE WEEK: It’s time to put down the phone and smell the roses

I know this is not a new topic and many people have written many letters and articles but I feel compelled to have my say as well.

Everywhere I look, when I’m in town, walking through Centre-point, on the bus, at a friend’s house, out for dinner – I see young people glued to the screen of their phone, feverishly checking social media, posting status updates and photos, whatever.

It’s one thing to argue that people might forget to “stop and smell the roses” of life, miss the sunsets, the rainbows, the kind gestures on the street.

But it’s also a safety issue!

The amount of people I have seen almost step out in front of a moving vehicle, walk into other people – and don’t even get me started on the drivers I see blatantly texting or checking Facebook while behind the wheel.

It has been reported that psychiatrists in Singapore are pushing for medical authorities to formally recognise addiction to the Internet and digital devices as a disorder, joining other countries around the world in addressing a growing problem.

I believe the problem is well and truly alive in our own backyard.

I don’t know what the answer is but I think as parents it definitely starts with restricting access to phones and devices.

Pam, Glen Iris.

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