This Christmas I urge you not to take photos of anything at all. Don’t take photos of your cute children doing handicraft and being forced to smile at the camera. Don’t take pictures of how picture perfect the table has been laid. Don’t take pictures of what you got for Christmas. Just live the moment you are in.

Do you know these kind of very vain people who are always looking at themselves in the mirror, or every single time they pass by a window shop? It almost becomes an obsession for them, doesn’t it? Some years ago, you would instantly identify those people because it was not accepted by society to be so self centred. Well, now it is. Our mobile phones, with high quality lenses incorporated, have become those mirrors, those window shops. Suddenly it is wildly accepted to take pictures of oneself and share them with the whole world.

What’s the reason behind the obsession for all the likes, the comments, the followers? Insecurity? Vanity?

Can’t we for once, only one evening (yes, I am not even saying for 24 hours), not take pictures of ourselves, the people and stuff around us and just sit down, relax and truly enjoy a moment with our loved ones? How hard can it be?

You might find it rude when your teenage cousin just wants to sit in his bedroom and play Playstation and come out of his wannabe man cave when your aunt shouts “Dinner is on the table!”. But what about you? Have you noticed how many times someone talking with you and your phone says BING and you instantly reach out for it? You read the text, reply and go back to the conversation. How would you feel if it was the other way around? Wouldn’t you feel you were being sat aside, not important enough?

This is called phubbing (phone + snubbing). Be aware if you find it more important to attend to your mobile phone than socialising with other human beings. Make a rule that you leave your phone in your handbag or your jacket and only have a look at it by the end of the evening, after you’ve left.

The older generation will appreciate it and the younger generation will see you as an example.

Merry Christmas!