Addiction to smartphones is a topic we’ve all read about before, but continues to play an important role in our lives. In her article, Jane Brody reminds us how our devices began as a tool to help us save our time in order to enjoy life. Nowadays, many are wasting it on things that don’t matter.
We see smartphones everywhere. Couples preoccupied by them on dates, drivers distracted by texting in cars, toddlers grasp onto them in strollers, and the list goes on. Not all situations that include smartphones are harmful, but these are a few that indicate what might be in store for future generations to come. “I fear we are turning into digital robots,” Brody says.
Spending nearly every 6th minute checking our phones might suggest our attention to what’s happening online is more important than what’s going on in the moment. In my opinion, the unethical issues to smartphone addiction deal with the conscious decision to ignore what is going on in front of us.
Problems with smartphones vary, but deal with addiction. There are people who put others on the road in danger when they distract themselves with phones. Allowing children to spend enormous amounts of time on devices can impact their physical health and hinder the way they communicate later on.
46% of smartphone users say they couldn’t live without them. I don’t predict they will be going anywhere anytime soon. So how do we combat these issues? Brody suggests that, like many other things in life, we should use in moderation.