ADDICTION


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There are many posts about technology addiction that really got me wondering... Am I truly addicted to my phone?  I need my phone at all times.  I take it everywhere and almost feel empty without it, like I am missing or forgetting something.  I am ALWAYS texting and can't seem to draw myself away.  When I am bored, I immediately click on my Facebook or Twitter app.  It's great to be so in touch with my friends and the world, but maybe I'm a little TOO in touch.  In my research, I came across a term called "nomophobia."  It is, "a term first coined by British researchers during 2008 to denote people who experienced anxiety when they had no access to mobile technology--such as their mobile phones."  The 2nd article I posted explains that this means "no mobile phone phobia."  I really do think that me, and most of my friends, have this anxiety!  A study done (1st article) with 1,000 people concluded that the amount of people who actually FEAR phone loss has gone up from 53% to 66%.  67% of people between 18 and 24 years old (most of us!) actually felt uncomfortable being away from their phones for even a few minutes.  Do you guys have these anxious and uncomfortable feelings when you don't have your phones?  The 2nd article talks about a study that was done by SecurEnvoy.  It showed that people check their phones an average of 34 times everyday.  This is definitely a lot less than me.  It also showed that 75% of people use their cell phones in the bathroom.  Such reliability on our phones is truly damaging to our health.  We lose personal contact and conversation.  The 1st article also says that we have, "less intimacy and less reliance on one's own fund of knowledge and ability to structure time and tasks."  This is true for me as well.  Since I always have my phone, I look things up the second I don't know the answer to something.  I never actually sit there and give it some thought.  The 1st article also talks about how cell phone addition can make people more vulnerable to other addictions and "could be a 'gateway drug' that fuels the search for self-defeating, counterproductive anti-anxiety strategies."  To me, this part of the article is a little over the top, but it could very well be true!  What do you guys think? 


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This definitely sounds familiar to me...there was a time when I couldn't use my phone for a month, and I felt physically uncomfortable when I went to check my texts and realized my phone wasn't there. But there are advantages to taking away so much accessibility to social networking. In one study, 24% of those surveyed said they missed out on prime moments where relationships could've been developed because they were checking their twitter accounts, facebook, and tumblr. And 39% of Americans spend more time social networking than going out and socializing in the real world. Is this because we feel more comfortable behind the mask of a computer screen? Or are we perhaps too lazy to drag our butts to a movie theater/coffee shop? There's a sad lack of intimacy when I'm texting/tweeting someone (do people even use twitter anymore??), and humans need that physical contact to fully develop relationships with other people.

I agree we are adddicted to our technology. Sometimes I really wish I wasn't because too mush of technology can hurt our body. I found out that talking on the phone too long may cause cancer and looking at the computer screen all day is bad for our eyes. So is it really worth it? As much as I want to say no I would be a hypocrite because I know I would continuing on checking my mail and updating my tweet.

I strongly believe that we are addicted to technology. I feel that the generations after us are really going to struggle with inter-personal relationships because of the ease of technology. Our generation is probably one of the last that truly grew up with personal relationships being the main form. I didn't have "texting buddies" till high school. Instead I had real friends that I saw and hung out with on a daily basis. I feel that I can still hold a conversation with strangers, but I don't believe that generations after will still have the ability to do that. Instead their relationships will start on twitter or through text. In the long run an early start with technology could mean a doomed generation after us.

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