When you’re on a train do you look at the scenery, or spend the time on your devices? Emma reflects on her recent train journey, and the amount of time she spent on her phone.
A few weeks ago, I travelled on the train to Manchester (for a much-needed weekend away!). The journey was three hours, so like any other person, I contemplated what I could do to waste the time away. I picked up my phone, put my headphones in and blocked out the world. Halfway between Sheffield and Manchester, the signal dropped out. Suddenly, there were no more distractions. No phone. No internet. Nothing. So, I chose to look out the window, where I was greeted with the most beautiful view. We were in the middle of hills and valleys, with the sun beating down onto the open greenery surrounding the train. This in turn prompted a conversation with my friends, trying to guess which part of the countryside we were in. We were near the Peak District, but none of us knew that at the time.
I asked myself, would I have noticed this view if it wasn’t for the signal dropping out? If I’m honest, I know the answer would have been no. When I looked around the train, I could see everyone else either had their heads down, on their phones/laptops, or were asleep! But it got me thinking, why are we always filling our free time staring at a screen? Where did the joy of just being in the present moment disappear to? I know train journeys can be seen as a great time to catch up on emails, or watch your latest Netflix show, but sometimes it’s good to look up from your phone and talk to those around you.
Growing up in Generation Z, I’ve had access to technology from a young age, but it really makes me think how much have I missed out on by being glued to my phone? My generation is well known for being very tech-focused, or as some may say ‘constantly on our phones’. However, I think it can make us appreciate the little things more, whether that be a beautiful view from a train or a good meet-up with friends. It’s great to enjoy being in the moment and slowing down for a minute.
Moving in this fast-paced world that we currently live in, I find it nice to take a break and enjoy the world around me. I know there’s no real need to sit on my phone all day. On your lunch break, what do you do? Do you just sit on your phone? Well, I know I do, so recently, during one of my lunch breaks, I decided it’d be a good time to get out and about. I went on a walk to finally move away from my laptop screen and benefit from a breath of fresh air. I’m very lucky where Treetops is located, as we’re right next to a lake, which I know isn’t your average view from your desk! It was nice to actually take a break at lunch, and be out in the nice weather whilst it’s still here. You may not be able to go on a walk during your lunch break, but I know I much prefer sitting and talking to other members of the bunch rather than on my phone.
When did you last take a break and look up from your phone? Maybe you should! #distraction #technology