Why Technology Is Addictive, Distracting and Leads to Rudeness
In today’s world, there is no wonder we have a whole group of anti-social youth. 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.
Technology has become a great benefit to us but many people have taken it too far. According to researcher and surveys taken all over the world shows that a large number of people may have become addicted to their technological devices and are not able to make it through a day without their cell phones or other technological devices. Many have concerns that people would rather use these devices than to have a face to face conversation. The addictions of technological devices are on the rise. Although these devices were meant to make our lives easier there have been many problems to arise ranging from health risk, relationship problems, classroom, church, and work interferences. A large number of people no longer own a house phone. People have traded in their house phone for a cell phone and wireless internet. Many people communicate through My Space, Face Book or Twitter. According to the wireless industry association CTIA the growth of cell phone subscriptions are on the rise. Cell phone subscriptions rose from 34 million to 225 million in 2 years. There has been research that shows that long term wireless use may be associated with health risk. Sitting in front of a computer for too many hours can be a health hazard with can lead to weight gain which causes cardiovascular disease and diabetics. A person shouldn’t talk on their phone continuously for more than one hour a day. Cell phones health risks are greater if someone used a cell phone have continuous excessive use more than 10 years. Risk involves minor ear warming, ringing in the ears or effects as severe as brain tumors. Newsweek reports that radiation is produced when cell phones communicate with the towers. Wireless phones transmit via radio frequency (RF), a low-frequency from of radiation is also used in microwave ovens and AM/FM radios. While high-frequency radiation (the kind used in X-rays) is known to cause cancer at high doses, the risks of this milder from remain unclear.
One of the fields that have currently experienced technological developments is communication. Technologies in communication have experienced great developments in the past few decades; developments that have seen the transformation of people’s behavior and lifestyle. Significant in the latest technological developments is the introduction of the wireless world of communication. Just three decades ago, communication was characterized by elements like telephone booths, dependence on books for information and many elements of communication were more analogue. Without the wireless form of communication, communication faces the limitation of geographical distances, for instance one has to get a telephone booth in order to make a call (Wordinfo 1). Advancements in the level of technology have made it possible for people to have an easy access to more information than before. 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).
Altogether, many people around the world have become social media addicts. They update their social media status frequently, upload pictures of everything they encounter, check for new notifications every few seconds and keep thinking about different ways to enhance their social media profile. They disconnect with people in the real world and prefer connecting with them over social media platforms. 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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