Why Technology Is Addictive, Distracting and Leads to Rudeness
With teenage technology addiction on the rise, it is a wonder most teens even know how to communicate via age-old means at all (i.e. actually talking). The availability of laptops, desktops, tablets, and the smartphone, social media, and internet communication are the ways to communicate nowadays among everyone but especially our teenagers. There have been many technology addiction studies done, here we will look at some of the statistics of technology addiction, especially teenage technology addiction. In the average American home, everyone has access to most of if not all of these five devices; laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones not to mention the gaming consoles and devices that can now go online. Out of all of this, some alarming facts about technology addiction have arosen. Some 24% of teens are online “constantly”, 92% of teens are online daily. In the age range of 13-17 56% are online several times a day, while only 12% are online once a day, a small 6% are online weekly, and approximately 2% of teens are online less often.
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Industrial developments for example have always depended on analysis and management of data. The developed or improved technologies have brought alongside accrued advantages that occasionally make them attractive. In most cases, overdependence on these technologies occurs under addiction. The use of technology has been accustomed and acculturated in societies in such a way that technology is substituting nature in the daily live activities (Luft 1). The overdependence on technology is described by the features realized when people “spend more time using their technology than spending it in socializing or in family time” (BBC 1). The developed technologies are recognized to have their attractive package that shifts attention to them. This as a result leads to attachments onto the technology, almost like an addiction, that leads to overreliance on the technologies at the expense of other elements of social lives (BBC 1).
Technology addiction is growing with the increasing use of new technology devices. This is affecting proper growth and development of people. They are glued to technology and as a result are ignoring various important aspects of their life. It needs to be understood that technology has been designed to enhance our life and not to degrade it. We must use it wisely and not grow addicted to it.
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