In this nice blog post from the Bangkok Post, Sukhumaporn Laiyok is writing her opinion about Smartphone addiction.
One of her stories in that post really caught my eyes:
People find it hard to tear themselves away from these little gizmos. The other day I saw a woman using her smartphone when exercising. As she was working out on a treadmill she used one hand to hold the…
Wherever you are in the world – New York, Tel-Aviv or Bangkok – people see the same sights, and feel the same about the Smartphone Addiction.
// Lior Frenkel
frrr…. frrr… frrrr…
My alarm clock is running. It must be 8AM already. I grab my phone with two fingers, using a third one to turn it off with an elegant swipe gesture. My left eye is closed, my right is half open. My mind starts figuring out what appears on the screen. Notifications.
Right on, let’s start the work. What should we check first – the whatsapp messages? there are eight from The Friends group, they probably went for a drink whilst i fell asleep. Three more msgs from the girl I’m dating, well that could wait a bit. Facebook messages? could be from someone from the office, or from some old friend. Four new likes in Instagram for a picture I uploaded last night? Well that’s REALLY not important, but my ego wants it checked. And two more emails – wait a sec, it could be an urgent matter from the office, but oh, maybe it’s just spam… Next to all those icons, I see my To Do List icon, reminding me of today’s tasks.
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China plans policies against internet addiction
China is doing it wrong. Policies for not using the web will not get people less addicted, but will lead them to find new ways to reach the Internet.
”You can forbid the internet, but young people will still find a way online,” he says, noting that this generation grew up with the computer. The only way to remove the attraction, Pi says, would be if peer pressure started to make it unfashionable to spend a whole day in front of the computer.”
Do you think it’s possible to make it unfashionable? Or even needed? I think not. The solution shouldn’t come from “use less”, it should come from “use in a smart way”
NoMoPhobia = No Mobile Phone phobia
is the fear of being without one’s mobile phone. Smartphone addiction is a real problem amongst this generation and is affecting peoples’ social lives and education is a negative way.
This documentary was created as a project at Bahrain Polytechnic, by Razan Salman