Kristin Lewis, the author of "Your Phone Could Ruin Your Life", believes that smartphones do more harm than good. First off, one piece of evidence is that the author writes "58% of pedestrian deaths are kids under 19. Experts believe these tragedies are mainly due to digital distraction. " This means that when crossing streets many people are looking at their phones and not checking the road like they should. Also, another piece of evidence is in the article the author said, "80% of teenagers sleep with their phone nearby.
What is FOMO? It is the “fear of missing out,” which in the article, “Texting While Walking Isn’t Funny,” is common among mobile users. Geoffrey Fowler explains how people have put themselves in increasingly more danger from 2006 to 2014 by staring at their phones. In the end, Fowler suggests that a 40 dollar wireless device can reduce the ‘fear of missing out’ or FOMO for short. To demonstrate his point, Fowler and a colleague experiments being outrageous and to see if anyone notices.
Some of the ways are the electronics, the books, and the sameness and quickness of the societies. The books are not allowed in their society yet encouraged in ours. Both of the societies come up with new technology. Also we are told to be different and they can’t be different. When reading the book it may seem like there is nothing alike between the two societies, but when the two societies and all their characteristics come hand in hand, there are more similarities than it might seem.
In relation to technology, Burch makes reference to the unnecessary updates thrown at individuals with phones, computers, or tablets. Anyone with, or who has had, an old phone knows the frustration of this. Phone companies purposely design updates, although completely unnecessary, which will slow down the software considerable, forcing you to buy a newer model. You cannot even ignore the updates because after a while, your phone cannot function without them. Technology is in the hands of consumer culture and is manipulating society.
Furthermore, not only are the physical aspects of people’s lives willingly being put on display, but also the emotional, making the society more vulnerable and permeable. To describe this vulnerability, Mendelsen uses the master/slave dynamic as a metaphor to portray one’s conspicuous addiction to their smartphones. As new notifications arrive, the constant buzzing and flashing of the phone causes citizens to become distracted, to the point where they are almost oblivious to their surroundings. On the contrary,
In recent discussions of smartphones, a controversial issue has been how the excessive use of smartphones are affecting the adolescents of this generation. Jean M. Twenge argues in her article, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” that the redundant use of these gadgets along with social media use is in fact detrimental to the current and upcoming generations. My experience using Snapchat, Instagram, and other applications on my smartphone supports Twenge’s stance because the excessive use of these applications has caused me to feel melancholic. According to Twenge, “Psychologically, however, they (iGens) are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011.
The debate of whether or not an explosion of information is considered a harm to society varies between people. Authors Dwight Macdonald, of “Reading and Thought”, and Joseph Epstein, in “Is Reading really at Risk? It Depends on What the Meaning of Reading Is”, believe that there is a negative impact on the readers. However, author Gordon Crovitz, in “The Information Age”, acknowledges the explosion of information, but believes society is able to adapt to the growing change. Though there is ample amount of irrelevant information in our society today, I believe that it is possible for a person to limit their search by using modern technology to cut out the unnecessary information.
Technological Influences Lead to Uncertainty Is Google making us stupid? Or is our stupidity making us Google? These questions are largely debated due to society's shift towards technological dependence. Computers and all forms of digital products swarm the markets, leaving buyers eager to purchase the newest product; yet ones understanding of the world is mediated by a glaring screen.
Cell Phones are Hurting Relationships RELATIONSHIPS Cell phones are a major issue in today’s society; they create tension in personal relationships, they lead to people being unaware of their surroundings, and schools can’t find an appropriate set of rules for cell phone use. Many relationships are affected by the use and addiction of cell phones. “Phubbing” (phone + snubbing) happens to over 45% of people in relationships of all categories: when they are out to dinner with their significant other, hanging out with friends, or simply speaking to others in general. Cynthia Allen states in her article Cellphones can hurt relationships that “Individuals are increasingly choosing to interact with others in the virtual world instead of the physical one” (Allen, 1). This quote proves that people are becoming addicted to using their cell phone and are aware of this situation however, choose to ignore it.
Cell phones can lead many dangerous health problems to teenagers. By giving teens cell phone, they may probably spend most of their time on text and play video games Also, by contacting with friends by calling them for hours, It can make teens suffer from hearing loss because phones damage the inner ear. Moreover, by using a cell phone, a teenager will spend most of his time sitting on the chair without moving. In other words, let them only sit and talk. By this way, teenagers will have the obesity problem.
In the view of technology during this century, it is everything to human beings now. A person is attached to their handheld devices now. The people in this society have now been attached to their laptops, even more their cellphones that are capable of being used just as their laptop
Technology is harming the family in a way where socializing will be on a phone. An app is being developed to help people control their time on social media. This app would be a good tool for people who want to limit their time on their devices. Many people become addicted to technology. Some people neglect their family or friends for technology.
Because of texting and driving being banned, phone calls are excessively used while driving. In the article “Texting, talking on the Phone and Driving,” the author states that even though it is not as distracting as texting, phone calls are another distracting factor in society. Especially when it comes to driving. Adults text less than teenagers, but they’re making the way to the top. Many old school parents are now learning the slang the kids use.
Sherry Turkle’s main argument in “Growing Up Tethered” is that the new generation of teenagers are “tethered” to their cell phones and technology. She states many issues that teenagers have. She talks about how cell phones change our developmental attraction and growth as adults. Turkle states, “These young people live in a state of waiting for connection. And they are willing to take risk, to put themselves on the line” (Turkle 430).