Cell phone addiction- Are we addicted to our phones and what is that doing to us?
In Mexico, Unfortunately, I had my cell phone stolen out of my purse. There have been days where I don’t end up every really using my cell phone because I’m too busy and days where my phone breaks and I have to go to the store to get a new one, but I have never gone an entire week without my phone since having one. I didn’t think it would be a big deal or bother me at all but I was shocked when I found myself constantly checking my pockets for my phone, or accidentally picking up my friends because it was ‘habit’. It was so interesting to me to not have my phone, I noticed how often my friends would be on their phones and we would just all be together… not talking… just on our phones. Yes, granted if I had my phone I would’ve been doing the same thing but since I didn’t I was able to observe this. When I was at the airport I noticed people walking on their phones, running into people, or couples sitting together, not talking and just being on their phones. Being able to watch and observe how different it was to not have your phone, but everyone else having theirs was extremely interesting. When we were out to dinner I saw a couple on a date, a woman was sitting and her date had gone to the bathroom, she had gotten up to put her jacket on and while she was waiting you could tell she felt uncomfortable just standing there alone so she immediately went on her phone, but what if she didn’t have her phone to do that? When I got home from the trip I was constantly on my computer because I had missed that feeling of being connected and being intertwined in everyone else’s world. When I realized this I started looking up articles about smartphone addiction, and how/why are we addicted? I found it extremely interesting to see all of the different studies and articles that came up explaining people and their smartphones. There, of course, are positive things to having the world in your pocket, but at the same time, the negative effects are just as huge.
Questions to be answered:
If we are addicted, why/why not?
What led us to this addiction?
Is it social media that mainly caused it?
What are the negative side effects/positive side effects?