Cell Phone Addiction on Society
Ownership of cell phones:
According to the Pew Reserch Center, nearly 64% of American adults now own a smartphone of some kind, up from 58% in early 2014. Smartphone ownership has increased by 29 % since Pew Research conducted its first survey of smartphone ownership in the spring of 2011, when 35% of Americans were smartphone owners.
The most common activities and uses on mobile phones:
When cell phones first came on the scene, people were primarily using them for voice calls and text messaging. As technology became more sophiscated, data capabilities were added to cell phones and now they are used for email, downloading apps and games, to get directions, listen to music, and social media.
Texting and Driving:
Even due to cell phone addiction, people are now using thier cell phones while driving and the driver will not understand how dangerous this could be.Texting while driving is becoming a growing trend, and a national epidemic. This is because drivers assume that they can handle texting while driving and remain safe, but the numbers don’t lie. Texting While Driving Causes: 1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council 2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study 3. 11 teen deaths every day – Highway Safety Fatality Association 4. Nearly 25% of all car accidents Texting While Driving: 1. Will make you 23 times more likely to crash – National Highway Transportation Safety Administration 2. Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – Virginia Tech Transportation Institute 3. Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country 4. Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% – HumanFactors & Ergonomics Society This is all caused because no one could get off their cell phone, everyone is starting to drive and text now because of constantly texting people and because everyone always has to check their phone in a short amount of time.
Cell Phone Behavior Problems:
Because of overuse of cell phones, social behavior problems are increasing. For example, there is less need for face to face communications among people, people are hiding behind their cell phones instead. Cell phone overuse will lead to physical and psychological effects such as: 1. Increased levels of stress on the mind and body 2. Insomnia 3. Anxiety 4. Depression 5. Aggressiveness 6. Deliquency 7. Inability to stop the use of a cell phone 8. Difficulties with family and friends 9. Craving to spend more time with your cell phone 10. Less spending time with family and friends 11. Changes in sleep (less sleep, trouble sleeping) 12. Not wanting to take part in healthy activities Smartphone technology was created to serve people in a positive way and to help peoples needs, to connect us with the world, and to help us explore new expectations. However, this technology has been put to a more of a wrong and sophiscated use and many people are getting addicted to this new way. There are many real dangers to smart phone addiction including physical and mental disorders. It is important to manage your smart phone use so people could understand what comes their way when they spend more time on the cell phone.
Solution to Cell Phone Addiction:
There are many solutions to stop overusing your cell phones, but the best way is just to turn it off! It is hard to do so because of the many things you could do on a cell phone now and especially with new technology expanding but the best way is to spend time with other things to do in life. Another solution is to spend more time by getting sctive with society and communities. We could also get more interactive with healthy activities in our lives by working out in fitness centers and playing sports. This will all help to calm our addiction with cell phones, everyone should always be able to use their phones but not for long periods of time because they could cause all types of dangerous problems to your body and mind.
Study of Cell Phone use on students in North Carolina:
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