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America’s Addiction to Smartphones

Posted By Dominique Sirgy On Oct 19, 2010 @ 9:08 am In Sci/Tech | Comments Disabled


You feel panicky when you don’t have it. You can’t go more than an hour without it. You depend entirely on it ever since you got it. The more you use it, the more you love it and need it [1]. Though it may sound like we’re talking about a highly addictive drug, we’re actually referring to smartphones.

One in five Americans has one and if you know anyone that does, you most certainly have witnessed the symptoms listed above. [2] Researchers questioned what this type of constant cell phone usage can do to our brains and discovered that it decreases our ability to focus deeply, think creatively and be more productive.

Besides the negative effects on our brains, the smartphone addiction also affects people socially. A man informed CNN that he will be so absorbed in his phone that after an hour of web surfing and app exploring he realizes that he has been ignoring his wife.

Not that we are saying these phones will destroy your families (unless you’re a total d-bag) but the level at which the phone absorbs a person’s attention with its constant entertainment and notifications is a bit distressing. At this point though, going back and eliminating this type of technology or halting its evolution does not seem plausible or necessarily desirable.

The only solution seems to be … self-control. So far, though, that doesn’t seem to be working all that well: Douglas Wilson told CNN he impregnated his wife because he forgot to check an iPhone app that explains the details of the rhythm method. Yup, there’s an app for that, but we won’t go into the details — mostly because we don’t know them. This same man also downloaded a Bible app (only $7!) to read a scripture in front of the congregation at his church.

It seems like smartphones are seeping into many aspects of daily life. Admittedly the phones do have a lot of conveniences, but where exactly is the middle ground between excessive usage and absolute disconnectedness?

Image Source: KINGjeorge [3] under Creative Commons
Smartphones: Our national obsession [CNN Tech [2]]

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[1] need it: http://crackberry.com/

[2] the symptoms listed above.: http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/mobile/10/18/smartphone.everywhere/index.html?hpt=C1

[3] KINGjeorge: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kingjeorge/2305624699/

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