I’ve always felt this was a good metaphor for smartphones.
We, as a society, love our phone monsters.
They’re, you know... monsters.
While we’ve all collectively decided these are the cute and friendly kind of monster, we really have no proof that this is true.
In reality, our lil’ phone monsters are not things we fully understand.
Never before in the history of humankind have this many people, spent this much time, with this type of device, cradling it intimately against their hearts and hands.
Honestly, we have no idea how this will affect us in the long term. We just know that these monsters mostly make us feel good, so we figure it'll probably work out for the best.
(Know what else we used to spend all our time cradling because it made us feel good? Cigarettes.)
Not only that, we do not fully control of our monster's behavior. We've left their daily training and supervision to companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, etc., (companies that make a lot of money off our monsters).
Those companies are our monster's master. We are merely its nursemaid, responsible for wiping its' butt, feeding it juice, and cleaning up its' messes.
When it comes to cute monsters, we rarely think too long about their big, googly eyes, extra sets of arms, or giant teeth. I mean, we’re pretty sure cute monsters would never use those features to hunt or eat us. But, we really don't know that for a fact, do we?
A lil' phone monster is not a bird, a feline, a primate, or any other thing on Earth we have known before. Nor is it a thing fully under our control. And we certainly don't keep it in a padlocked cage...
So, it's okay to be concerned about that sometimes, to exercise caution when your monster is roaming free online, to question exactly who's controlling whom.
It's okay to occasionally think to yourself, "I really hope that lil’ cutie doesn't bite."
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