Are we addicted to our phones?
Its an issue that many people, including phycologists, have been questioning for the past decade. Its so easy to point the finger and promote that teenagers are the main source for smartphone “addiction” but its not only teenagers that use mobile phones and social media to the extreme, adults are also consumed by these robotic devices and even children.
Experts say 56 percent of children between the ages of 8 to 12 own a mobile phone. Now I don't know about you, but when I was that age I was out playing with my friends in the park and we used our imagination to entertain ourselves. Kids these days are being deprived of their own imagination, as soon as they have a phone in their hands, their minds are being taken over by technology and the cycle of phone fixation begins.
Everyday schools are becoming more dependant on devices such as tablets and iPads, as a teaching tool. Introducing these electric appliances to help with the children’s development of learning may seem like a brilliant idea, and to a certain level it is but what these students are missing out on is body language, how to communicate through intellectual conversation and the ability to read and write. If children of today are being brought up by these surroundings now, then I can’t imagine what the future will look like in thirty odd years time.
Phone dependancy, you could say, is just as harmful as alcohol addition or drug addition. It takes over, damaging yourself and others around you. Now I know that may seem a bit extreme, but just think of the cost of your actions whilst being tied down to your mobiles. When someone is constantly focusing their attention on one of these depraved devices, everything around them is almost put on hold. All social morals are thrown out the window and your relationships with actual human beings are shut down and ignored. These actions can cause quite significant consequences, leaving you feeling lonely. Your phone may seem like your best friend, offering you news updates at the touch of your finger or check out what the latest iconic outfit is but what it doesn’t offer you is corporeal contact. The way you communicate with someone isn't just about verbal communication, its also non- verbal. So by texting people rather than actually talking to them, you are automatically missing out on what matters most. Eye contact, hand gestures, speech and tone of voice. When you discard this, then you might as well be speaking to a robot. We are all individual, we have unique body language, without it, we’d all be so obsolete and the world would eventually loose its authenticity.
Evolution has bounded us all to have some sort of virtual intimacy for mobile phones. We are so devoted and feel lost without our mobile companion. Technology now has the traits and properties of a human which then causes their to be no need for real interaction between people. Phones have adapted to meet our needs. They now talk and identify us. Is this a quality that we need to sustain? I’ll let you decide.