As the days continue on and years pass by, technology is advancing at a rapid pace, smartphones especially. But are smartphones beginning to corrupt individuals? Abby Reid, a current teenage owner of a smartphone, was my first interviewee. Owning her phone for about two years now, Reid has become very tech-savvy when it comes to her iPhone. The main apps she uses on her phone are texting and social media. Kendall Lynott was the second interviewed teenager. As well as Reid, Lynott has owned an iPhone for the same amount of time.
Lynott uses her smartphone for many functions: text messaging, social media, calling, and gaming. Having owning the device for a decent amount, each individual seems to suffer from the same problem- smartphone addiction. Along with the two interviewees, an article from Psychology Today, “Smartphone Addiction” was the first form of secondary research. Information on the increase of the uses and effects was provided. In addition to the article, I conducted a survey to gain results from twenty teenage students. The survey gave access to results on smartphone effects such as excessive use and feelings towards the device.
Recently, more people are forming an unusual bond and connection with a technological advancement; when will one realize a problem is rising? The effects of new uses, anxiety forming, and loss of interest because of being content with just being on a cell phone is what is causing something so shallow sounding- smartphone addiction. Usually, when we think of the times we would need to use our smartphones, things such as internet use, gps, and getting a hold of someone we need to contact would be the first things to come to mind.
So what seems to be the need for using a smartphone during private activities such as sexual activities and showering? According to the survey conducted by Psychology Today, fifteen percent of people admitted to using their phones during sexual activities with their partner. When asking the two interviewees their opinions on cellphone use during such things, Reid stated, “That seems so pathetic and upsetting to know that people cannot take an hour out of their day to spend on themselves or their loved ones.
It just simply shows that people really have trouble functioning without their phones and that in fact, is a major issue. ” Lynott took it in as more of a shock. “People use their phones during sex and in the shower?! They actually do that? That’s ridiculous. I cannot believe people could have such low life values to do that during those private intense activities,” Lynott explained. According my survey among teenage students, seven out of twenty one students summited that they have used their phones in the shower, but not during sexual activities.
“The only reason my phone is in the same room with me while showering is because I plug it into speakers to listen to music,” Lynott said. The effect of using a smartphone during activities that are supposed to be sentimental is a good source of proof that individuals are beginning to become addicted to their cell phone. Unfortunately, throughout every individual’s life, many family members have to leave us as well as friends coming and going and relationships being torn apart for a variety of reasons.
The feeling we get from losing the ones we love is more overwhelming than someone could explain, but can that feeling be given with objects as well as people? According to my survey, nineteen of the twenty one participants reported having a feeling of panic, anger, or sadness when being in a situation where their smartphone gets lost, stolen, or broken. This reaction makes it obvious that the feeling travels through not only people but to objects as well. “Without my phone with me, I feel naked.
I would never go out of the house without my phone, ever. If I even have a sense that my phone is missing or misplaced, I freak out. I begin to feel feelings such as anxiety and panic,” Reid admitted. According to the survey presented in Psychology Today’s article, seventy three percent of people interviewed feel panicked, fourteen percent feel desperate, and seven percent feel sick. How much of a connection must be formed to get a feeling of sickness when having to be without? “When I am forced to be without my phone, I actually feel really upset.
I can’t do everything I need to in a day without my phone. It is my guide to succeeding throughout the day,” Lynott stated. Knowing that smartphones can place the same effect on individuals as people can makes it apparent that smartphone use is becoming excessive and addictive. After people get a new gift, it is put to great use until one gets bored of it, or a new and improved version comes out, but will a person ever get bored of their smartphone? Smartphones are being improved and released quicker than we can even get used to our brand new one.
But how much time do individuals actually give to their smartphone? According to the survey done at Woodgrove High School, thirteen out of twenty one participants reported that they spend an average of three to five hours each day on their phone. “I probably check my phone about seventy times in an hour, but within a day, I would have to say I spend five to six hours a day on my phone,” Lynott admitted. Will a person ever have too much of their smartphone? Lynott felt that spending too much time on her phone was not in issue.
In her opinion, her smartphone influences her positively so the amount of time spent on it is irrelevant. Reid on the other hand stated,” I feel like I am wasting all the little bit of free time I actually do have just sitting on my phone doing nothing. ” In her opinion, her smartphone affects her negatively distracting her from the things she should be accomplishing. Excessive hours being spent on a cell phone results in no positive outcome. Too many people are losing interest in normal usual activities because they refuse to be apart from their device.
Not only in activities, but individuals are becoming less social with their friends and family. After receiving the knowledge that our world could eventually become dull because of a simple device, using time management skills could really improve this issue. Individual rules could be made to help you still accomplish the things you need to and get the time you want on your smartphone. After all, if you cannot admit you are addicted, when will you know enough is enough?