Smartphone addiction: The UK’s mobile obsession
Some of them even started using their phones less and less, and they tell me they enjoy longer conversations with their friends, and better mornings. That is exactly what happened with my friend Shiran.
Shiran is a super popular girl. She has 2,500 friends on Facebook, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s actually in contact with most of them. She’s writing a successful blog about fashion, and works for a PR company. Being social is the essence of her life and career, and that is why she’s an easy pray for the Junk Apps, for the “Likes” on Facebook and Instagram… Shiran is also super intelligent, not one that is easily tricked. But she – like all of us – got hooked by the Smartphone.
Are we raising a generation of addicted techno tots? It emerged this week that a four-year-old needed psychiatric treatment for her iPad addiction. And half of all parents let their children use tablets or smartphones – yet 81 per cent of mums and dads worry about the psychological effect, with many tots throwing tantrums when gadgets are taken away.
Until we figure out the best way to get to pure organic connectivity, I decided to test few things on myself.
In each test, I will try a small step that might help me regain the relaxed yet connected life I wish for myself and others.
One of the annoying things about the smartphone addiction is how it affects my mornings rituals. I’m an early waker. Always was, probably always will be. I wake up around 7AM whether or not I partied last night. Sometimes I wish I could sleep longer, but what can you do, no one is perfect…
I have a cellphone for the last 15 years or so. And one of the things I’ve learnt – because of my early wake – is that I have to take care of my sleeping hours. Meaning that before I get myself under the blanket, I am closing my windows, the door, and also put my phone on Silent Mode. The silent mode helps me not to wake up from stupid phone alerts in the middle of the night.
But since I got my smartphone, this is how my morning ritual looks like:
– I wake up at 7AM with the alarm clock app
I admit it – I’m a smartphone addict. First thing in the morning, last before I fall asleep – I’m checking my phone. Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, Tech News and other apps – they got me hooked.
I look around me, and I see other people like me. And not only my age – my mom is addicted as well, my young nephews LOVE their dad’s phone and iPad and will use every chance to play with it.
It’s not news we are addicted to our phones. You can see it in every cafe, in the streets, in the office, and, well – good thing toilet walls are blocking me from see you there with your iPhone in your hands.
This has got to stop.
Jon Rettinger from TechnoBuffalo rants about our constant need to check smartphones in public places.
Before Apple and Google took over the phone world, people were less attached to their devices and could go out to dinner or a movie without being distracted by their phones. Now, anywhere you go you are almost guaranteed to see someone using their phone to check Facebook, read emails, or send texts instead of socializing and interacting with the people around them.
Jon has fallen victim to this behavior but has found a fun and creative way to stop it…