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As If We Needed To Be Reminded

April 1, 2018

Do you ever wonder what the people who are constantly looking at their smartphones are doing?  Because I’m old enough to remember when only important people had portable phones, I still have this atavistic tendency to think they are doing something productive.  But let’s face it, everyone is playing games or watching cat videos.  While I’m doing important work. 😀

Well, if you think you are spending too much time on your phone instead of things like talking to people, doing real work, exercising, reading, thinking or enjoying beauty . . .

Guess what?  There’s an app for that.

When the radio host announced the topic of the next interview, I rolled my eyes and said, typical, we need technology to help us to stop wasting time with technology.  So I was highly skeptical and I prepared to hear about another dumb app.

But I quickly changed my mind when the young inventor started talking about how he felt that he had been spending too much time on his phone and realized that time spent playing Candy Crush and looking at Facebook videos was taking away time from his real life.  And not only that, he realized that on his deathbed he was probably going to wish he had spent more time living life than reading about it.

So he came up with this app wonderfully named “We Croak.”

For a buck fifty, five times a day you will get a philosophical quote about death delivered to your phone.  The idea is that it will made you stop and contemplate your mortality long enough to ask yourself whether what you’re doing is really all that important—whether you are immersed in social media, binging an old TV series or maybe even doing something productive.

The more I think about it, the more I think we need a “We Croak” app for life in general.  I think it would generally chill everyone out. Imagine if your boss had a We Croak governor on their behavior.  Instead of making you work Easter weekend to update some report that even if anyone reads no one will take action on, he or she would say, “is anyone going to care on their death bed?” If the answer is no, you get the weekend off.  (If the answer is yes, either you’re not getting paid enough or you need a new job).

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea of applying this concept at home.  After all, I’m pretty sure that on my death bed I won’t regret not painting the house!

But seriously, I do like the idea of the app.  We need to be reminded that there are more important things than social media and seeing pictures of what our friends had for dinner last night.  And if it takes thinking about being dead to refocus, I’m all for it.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 2, 2018 2:57 am

    I think it would be especially effective if the pop-up repertory also included animations of people walking down the street with their faces shoved into their smartphones, which is becoming the rule vs. the exception around my area (DC, it was inevitable), and being summarily run over by a bus or falling into a construction site excavation. It seems the likeliest croakage for some.

  2. April 2, 2018 10:00 am

    I recently took myself off Facebook as I found I was spending hours just scrolling to see what people had posted. It was driving me crazy and I was getting depressed and angry (mostly about politics). Since I stopped scrolling, I read more, I write more and I walk more. Now, about instagram…. LOL

  3. April 3, 2018 8:24 am

    If I had a cell phone that app would definitely be on it.

  4. October 11, 2018 8:09 pm

    I have a hunch that on my deathbed I’ll be more worried about what awaits me — the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns — that reflective upon the past.

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