Are Smartphones Taking Over Our Lives?


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When I was about 13 years old, I got my first cell phone.  It was a Razor ( I know you all remember those).  Although it was only for emergency purposes and I had no texting plan, I remember it was one of the most special birthday presents.  It is actually mind boggling to think about how much technology has changed since then. Today, even second graders have iPhone and Samsung Galaxy technology.

Regardless of the surroundings, it is almost guaranteed to find people on their smartphones.  If you think about it, smartphones can do almost everything.  From the basics, such as phone calls and texting, to even more features available through the app store, smartphones do it all. One of the most common category for apps that are downloaded is social media.

With social media becoming a significant part of the lives of everyone from young children to senior citizens, it is concerning that we may be spending too much time on our phones. According to this link, social media statistics, there are approximately 1.4 billion people on Facebook who spend an average of 15 hours and 33 minutes a month on the website.  This is just one of the many social media sites that are available for download on androids and iPhones.  Other common sites are Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr.

In addition to talking, texting, and social media there are many other features smartphones have.  The problem may be that do they do too much for us? Do smartphones stop us from talking to other people and thinking for ourselves?  A study found that people spend an average of at least an hour on their phones everyday.  This picture shows a breakdown of how that time is spent.
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One of the biggest concerns with people spending more time than necessary on these devices is the eventual and clearly noticeable damage of social and life skills.  For example, many studies show that texting and typing are detrimental to penmanship skills and the use of proper grammar.  Text abbreviations such as "LOL" and "OMG" are now making experiences on reports and essays.  Also, being able to communicate behind a screen leads to poor social skills. When faced with people in real life, it is common that many people (especially young adults who have grown up with this technology) cannot convey their thoughts.  Another common problem with smartphones is an increasing number of young people with seeing disabilities.  In this link studies show that people are often complaining about eyesight damage due to their smartphones.

If the cons of smartphones continue to increase and cause damage, perhaps technology will need to change or be replaced.  However, how much time is spent on smartphones is dependent on the individual.  Although they are useful, entertaining, and convenient maybe people need to put the phones down for a while.

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I believe smartphones are really affecting society in a negative way. People say things over the internet that they would never say in person. Also, many people I knew in high school would simply email coaches and teachers because they felt too uncomfortable to talk to them in person. There are multiple studies and blogs about the affects of smartphones that agree with your thoughts.

I agree that people spend way too much time on their phones but how will this ever change? Trying to get a phone away from a 16 year old girl is more difficult than rocket science. Also, now that everyone can access the internet from almost anywhere, our brains basically run on Google. I found that this article goes hand and hand with your blog: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/306868/

I agree that people spend way too much time on their phones but how will this ever change? Trying to get a phone away from a 16 year old girl is more difficult than rocket science. Also, now that everyone can access the internet from almost anywhere, our brains basically run on Google. I found that this article goes hand and hand with your blog: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/306868/

I agree that people spend way too much time on their phones but how will this ever change? Trying to get a phone away from a 16 year old girl is more difficult than rocket science. Also, now that everyone can access the internet from almost anywhere, our brains basically run on Google. I found that this article goes hand and hand with your blog: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/306868/

Thank you so much for sharing that link! I totally agree with the writer. It's pretty sad how much we rely on technology sometimes. As efficient and resourceful Google and other technological advancements are, they are making our generations and even generations past, and especially the generations to come very lazy. These "helping tools" are stopping us from becoming self-serving and independent.

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