You might feel more comfortable with your smartphone addiction after you’ll find out what a teen gorilla known as Amare from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago is capable of. We’re talking about a 16-year-old animal that weighs 415 pounds, and perhaps it might teach some of us a thing or two about smartphones.
According to Chicago Sun Times, the gorilla in question is addicted to smartphones since it cannot leave such gadgets aside. The animal is incredibly fascinated by the photos and videos displayed on phones that the visitors are showing. The gorilla’s interest was so high that the zoo officials became concerned, and so they established a barrier between the visitors and the animal.
Teenagers might learn something
It’s not a secret that a lot of teenagers nowadays are struggling with smartphone addiction. While we do not deny the importance of such devices in the lives of most of us, we all must admit that we’d be better off without them sometimes. And we’re confident that the behavior of the Amare gorilla might grant some beneficial inspiration somehow.
Stephen Ross, who’s director of the Lester E. Fisher Center for the Study and Conservation of Apes of the zoo, declared as the publication mentioned above quotes:
As parents, we think about we want to give our children choices, we want them to grow into adults, but every once in a while we have to sort of guide those choices for their good. And rather than maybe allowing them to sit inside and watch TV all day, maybe encourage them to go outside and interact with their friends. That’s something that I think all responsible parents think of and, in many ways, it’s similar to what we’re doing here.
In the end, keeping an eye on our smartphones seems crucial since there’s no wonder when a teen gorilla might come!