Are We Too Dependent on Our Smartphones?
Cell Phone: The Tiny Internet Machine
According to the Pew Research Center, 56% of US adults are smartphone owners. And, we all know that a smartphone is basically a tiny computer. What do we use computers for? Well, the internet of course.
The internet can be a wonderful resource, and now we have all of that technology bundled up into a handheld device; the smartphone. Smartphones can be used for so many things. I'm sure we've all heard the saying "There's an app for that" and isn't that the truth? Not only can you browse the app store and find apps for dozens of social media websites, but also enough games to keep you entertained for years.
The problem starts when we get too involved with these things.
11 Signs That We Are Addicted To Our Smartphones
1. The first thing we do when we wake up in the mornings is check our phones for text messages, social media notifications, or game updates. Extra points if you sleep with your phone on your nightstand, or in bed with you.
2. The only time we turn our phones off is on an airplane.
3. We need to ask Siri for directions to just about everywhere.
4. YOLO, selfie, and hashtag are all being added to the dictionary.
5. We try to text while talking to someone and end up missing half of what they say.
6. We take our phones with us to the bathroom.
7. We have to upload pictures of our food to instagram before we eat.
8. We know the daily lives of people we haven't talked to in six months, because we check facebook six times per day.
9. We haven't memorized a phone number since 2005.
10. We lose awareness of our surroundings because we are so engaged with our phones.
11. We feel the need to document everything that happens in our daily lives with selfies and multiple facebook posts per day.
Smartphones Are Ruining Our Social Interaction
We can't even have normal conversations with each other anymore. Seriously, have you ever tried to tell someone something kind of important and they weren't even listening to you because their nose was in their phone the whole time?
Have you ever had a fight or serious conversation over text because it was too awkward, or uncomfortable to talk about in real life?
Is your primary method of communication texting or Facebook messaging for friends and family that you could conveniently spend time with face-to-face?
Have you ever gone to a party or gathering where most people were on their phone the whole time?
Have you ever tweeted more than 5 times in one day?
I must admit that I have been guilty of some of these things, and while I've never texted a friend while in the same room as them, I have had arguments via text. I'm sure most of us who are smartphone users are guilty of at least one of these things.
My Smart Phone Made Me Stupid
I have many complaints about the culture which we've created around smartphones. It seems that they have become an appendage of the human body, always attached at the hand. They are oh so convenient and comfortable to use that we get caught up, we don't even realize that we have become dependent, and that they are taking over our lives And changing the way we interact with the world.
Theres a lot I could say, but I think this guy says it better.