Technology is an amazing thing, isn’t it? Everything you need at the touch of your fingers. Need to notify your boss you’ll be late? Simply shoot them a text. Need to order groceries? You have your local grocery store app on your phone. Missed the basketball game last night? Search up on Google what the final results were. But, what happens when we constantly rely on technology?
Studies from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota show that “51 percent of surveyed individuals admitted to suffering from “extreme tech anxiety” when separated from their devices such as smartphones or tablets.” About 56% of our nation’s population owns a smartphone. To put that in numbers, the United States of America’s population is 327,160,000. 56% of that 183,209,600. The case of anxiety or fear of being without one’s smartphone is called “nomophobia.” It’s not yet in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but who’s entirely sure when it will be included in the book?
Following some news, a 13 year old boy from Iowa ran away from home because of a fight over his cellphone with his parents. The boy ran out of the house when the weather was less than fair. The high temperature was 29 degrees Fahrenheit (about -2 degrees Celsius) and the low reached -9 degrees Fahrenheit (about -23 degrees Celsius). This range of temperature took place over the four and a half days the boy was missing. The boy was later found dead.
Perhaps, we are becoming too attached to our mobile devices. This was not the only case of kids running away because of their mobile devices. A boy in India ran away because his father did not buy him a phone and bike. This is not just an adolescent problem. Adults are also a part of this attachment.
I’m sure you’ve seen someone on their phone while they were driving. Whether they were calling someone, texting, or playing games. This, is incredibly dangerous. Being distracted while driving could potentially kill someone. From CBS News, adult drivers will use their phones more frequently when driving rather than teens. This is because adult drivers have more experience than teen drivers. Leading adults to be less likely for accidental crashes.
Concordia University offers a list of ways to use your phone less: