Losing Our Ability to Communicate


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Being a journalism major, I am constantly reading the newspaper.  While browsing throughout the New York Times Online, I found an article about how face-to-face conversation is starting to go down the drain because of cell phones.  We use cell phones to be in touch with our friends and family constantly, to tell a boyfriend we love or don't love them, or to constantly check twitter and facebook to keep up with the ever-changing tech world.  While technology can be helpful at times, when someone is going through a rough time and just needs a hug, a text is not going to be much help.  The new generations are so addicted to their cell phones that we don't feel the need to go out and start a conversation.

- 84 percent of respondents said that they could not go a single day without their cellphones.
- 50 percent of Americans sleep with their phone next to them like a teddy bear or a spouse, a number that includes more than 80 percent of 18-24 year olds.
- 20 percent of respondents check their phone every 10 minutes.
- 24 percent said they had used text messages to set up a rendezvous with someone they were having an affair with, a number that includes 56 percent of Chinese respondents.

These are just some phone.png about the addiction to our cell phones and the need to constantly have it.  I was shocked to find that the above facts all apply to me except the last one.  Its scary but we all need to give our phones a break every once in a while and enjoy all of what State College has to offer us.

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Erin,
I'm the exact same way! I find it so hard to put my phone down or not check it (even in class). I definitely agree that our addiction to technology is becoming an issue though. Last year my cell phone broke and Verizon said it would take 3-4 days for them to send me a new one. This is what I like to refer to as my phone withdrawal period. I was constantly reaching in my bag for my phone which wasn't even there, and was so antsy without it. I felt like I was disconnected from everyone! After a couple of days though, it felt kind of nice because I was able to appreciate all the things around me on my walks to class instead of constantly looking down to text. I also felt more relaxed not having to worry about who was texting me their drama stories and emails. Long story short, we're definitely addicted to technology! Do you think you could go very long without your phone?

Not only has constantly checking our phones become an addition, it has become a dangerous one! If you are interested in learning about its harmful effects on your brain's development, check out my latest blog entry: https://cms.psu.edu/section/content/Default.asp?WCI=pgDisplay&WCU=CRSCNT&ENTRY_ID=36A65671567E44A78AF5039BB51DEB3F

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