People spend almost every single day placing their head in the same position in front of a bright smart phone screen and scrolling for countless hours pass with their fingers. With the recent advancement of smart phone technology, people are enabled to do numerous things with it. Now-a-days, no one needs a dictionary, map, calculator or even camera because smart phones have all those capabilities. In today’s society, we see people using their smart phones while traveling to and from work. Many businesses expect the employees to use smart phones to deal with issues outside the office.
Anyhow, people are overly dependent on these “modern technology”. People tend to get more passive in life, claims to feel very “naked” without their devices, and prohibits people from socially interacting with their peers. Ultimately, people are becoming too dependent on modern smart phone technology. Recent smartphone technology tends to make people get more passive in life. Basically, it means that they become the type of person that just “goes with the flow” or let things go easy, rather than taking action.
According to a study published in the International Journal of Nutrition and Physical Activity, frequent smart phone users were far more likely to forego or disrupt physical exercise and scored lower on fitness assessments than peers who used cell phones less frequently. In other words, people who are frequently on their smart phone devices are proven to be less active and more passive. Physically, it has detrimental effects on the human because it causes their body to become less active. Next, most of the smartphone owners claim to feel “naked” without their smartphone device.
According to a survey contended by Arbitron and Edison Research, a whopping 91% of smartphone owners say that their device is within arm’s length either always (60%) or most of the time (31%). And findings from a Time Magazine study observed that 65% of digital natives take their devices from room to room with them, with these consumers saying that smartphones are the first thing the reach for when they wake up and when they leave home. Briefly explaining, people are somewhat “tied” to their smartphone – they treat it like as almost as if it was their own body part.
With this being said, people are too attached to their smartphone that they cannot simply go a day without it. Last but not least, smartphone technology prohibits people from socially interacting with their peers. Jason Perlow (2013), a columnist and senior editor for the technology news site ZDNet. com, observed that nowadays, people often “inappropriately fiddling with their phones during business meetings, while out to dinner with other people, or in various social family situations”. He noted that teenagers are particularly prone.
Generally, it becomes an intrusion when a person is having a conversation among their family, friends and peers thus deteriorating that person’s ability to interact well with their peers. As Perlow puts it, smartphones are turning society into a “sea of stupid”. All in all, people have been overly dependent on recent smartphone technology. Physically, it makes people more passive, psychologically feels “naked” without their phone and deteriorates their ability to socially interact well with their peers.
In order to maintain a healthy balance in life, people should engage more in physical activities socialize more with their peers and use their smartphone device only when they really need it. Part of the reason why it’s difficult for people to achieve these goals is because once they hold a smartphone device on their hand, they cannot seem to let go of it. So, conclusively, being overly dependent on modern smartphone technology can lead to detrimental effects.