Lift up your hearts, not Cell Phones

“Lift your hearts, not cell phones,” said Pope Francis, who was so disappointed to see many worshipers use phones during Mass.

Undeniably, cell phones have become a big part of our modern life: the amount of news people receive every day has skyrocketed; long-distance communication has gotten more easy and efficient; many studying tactics also rely on practical apps installed on cell phones. But at the same time, many of us are lost in this sea of booming information where it has gotten harder to figure out which news is credible. Even worse, many people are addicted to cell phones. Whether the advantages that the cell phone brings outweighs its disadvantages remains a question.

I tend to think, however, that cell phones are overall bad for us both physically and mentally. First off, cell phones cause major mental damage since there is too much information to receive; our brain gets tired and stops working on figuring out the credibility of the news we read. It changes the format of our brain, seeking for stimulation from the outside world and taking in the limited information like a hungry sponge in order to stay active. However, with too much to digest, all our brains can do is be constantly stuffed with all kinds of words or phrases that essentially mean nothing. One of the detrimental and yet common results of a tired brain is being easily distracted since the brain no longer has enough power to stay focused.

Cell phones also physically destroy your body. For those who are addicted to phones, sedentary life becomes more and more popular, and thus leads to obesity. If that line of reasoning does not convince you that cell phones are bad, read this: studies have shown that the radiation from cell phones are classified as a “possible human carcinogen” by The World Health Organization (WHO) due to the fact of the “increased risk of brain cancer from long-term and heavy use of cell phones.”

It is a matter of lifting our hearts instead of our phones during Mass; it’s a matter of being genuine. People must try to get rid of cell phones or at least restrict the amount of time spent on them in order to live a long and healthy life.