Out of the 308,745,538 Americans you and I live amongst, 90 percent of them, or 277,870,984 Americans own a cell phone. Many of these users are teenagers, millennials, or others your grandparents call “young people”. The aforementioned groups of people have an addiction to their technology, you can see it anywhere, in fact whenever you look up from your own cell phone you will likely see someone checking a text, composing an email, editing a photo for Instagram, and almost always you will see someone physically connected to their phone via a wire transmitting little one’s and zero’s to their ears. It is actually wonderful how many people recognize their phone usage, according to an online poll from Times, 84 percent of Americans acknowledge they cannot spend a day without their phone. To me, this is simply pitiful, as is any addiction.
In fact, the term has already been coined for those who simply cannot stand being without their phone. 66 percent of people surveyed by a SecurEnvoy survey have what is called “Nomophobia,” the fear of being without a cell or mobile phone. Signs of nomophobia, as you know, are visible absolutely everywhere.
When I go to a concert, instead of being blinded by a lightshow, I’m blinded by someones phone as they take numerous Snapchat videos, bragging to their friends about how cool they are; being at a concert. This type of issue comes to an even larger problem.
People enjoy their technological lives more than living their real lives.
Meth addicts find it hard to function without their high, alcoholics can’t stand to be sober, pot heads feel more emotionally at ease while high; they’re all very similar. Phone addicts enjoy tweeting to their followers, or liking their Instagram friends’ photos, or playing games with strangers rather than looking up and talking to people they share physical space with.
Phone addiction is real and socially problematic. We have already seen movies made about men choosing technological relationships over real ones “Her.” If this were to become a trend, our society would be in danger of catastrophe. Birth rates may even decline, if people begin to prefer technological sexual interactions to real ones, like Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Don Jon.”
Coming from a personal front, I do not want to live in a world where people would rather watch a game from home than experience it in person. I want to live in a world of person to person to communication, not words filtered through auto correct and grammar fixing software. I want to live life the way it was supposed to be, with the five senses, not through a piece of plastic and metal.