We can all agree that our phones have helped us through a lot of situations. Whether it was an emergency, where you needed someone at your side, or you were having a disagreement with friends about who played in what movie and needed the answer. Your phone was there to help. With texting, internet, and your calendar all at your fingertips, the era of the phone has improved many things we do. It is incredible what our phones can do for us, for businessmen it is a way of life. It improves the way we get things done, in a more efficient way than we could ever do without them. It is easy to go on about how great they are, and how much they’ve improved our lives, but what about the negative effects they have on the next generation.
We are allowing our kids to not only play on our phones daily, but also getting them their own phones at much younger ages. Their ability to navigate a phone is uncanny at their ages. It may help us to reach them when they are not around, but what about the negative effects. The level of communication between kids, is little to none. The ability to work out problems face to face anymore is unheard of. It is all done over a text message, phone call, or a social networking program. Social skills are failing, communication is failing, phones make it easy to get away with having poor social skills.
Quality time is not the same between loved ones. Going out to lunch with your significant other involves checking your phone, checking the score to the game, texting other friends, avoiding any type of conversation, do to the attention of our phones. Dinner with our family members involves having our phones with us at all times. There is not one day you can drive down the road, or walk into the store without seeing people on their phones for some reason. There has been many times I have gone out to eat, and saw a couple sitting at the table, both on their phones and no words being exchanged between the two of them. It hinders the strength of a relationship. Our phones have our memo notes, calendar, internet, contacts, everything we need in life, in one hand help gadget. That would explain the shock from the study done on the affects of our phones and addiction.
Martin Lindstrom did an experiment to test if our addiction to our phones, is like the addiction to drugs or alcohol. He gathered together, 8 men and 8 women between the ages of 18-25. They were put through an fMRI to study brain function of audio and video of a vibrating and ringing iPhone. The study showed stimulation in both the audio and visual parts of the brain. When they saw the phone ringing, they also heard it, and when they heard the phone ringing, they also saw it. That is not even the most shocking. When the study was being done, the amount of activity in the insular cortex of the brain, which controls feelings of love, was very active. They responded to the sounds and sights of their phones ringing, as they would the sound and sight of a loved one. We love our phones. Our brain proves it.
The study showed that the normal activity in the brain of an addict was not portrayed, rather someone in love was the answer. For many people our phones are our lifelines, our everything. We feel “naked” or “anxious” without it, or when it dies. As our phones become more and more convenient, at a younger age, the compassion for our phones will only grow worse. Will we be able to hold onto a relationship?
Will we be able to feel, or have love, or will all we need is our phones? Time will only tell the extent the human race will go for our cell phones.
Lindstrom, Martin. “You Love Your iPhone. Literally.” NYTimes. 30 September 2011. Web. 12 April 2012.
Written by: Krista Pucci