Blog Post #6

One article I found particularly fitting to this weeks class discussion was a New York Times article that discusses the issue with phone addiction and how we cannot treat phone addiction the same way we treat cigarette addiction. The article goes into how the actual evidence of addictiveness is much more complex than the addictiveness of cigarettes. Professionals have not yet been able to deem for sure if internet addiction is a legitimate stand-alone disorder. However, studies have shown how the amount of time 8 years olds and younger spend on phones or tablets has increased tenfold in just five years. The Common Sense organization also found that 42 percent of children under the age of 8 have their own mobile device. That number was less than 1 percent in 2011. Psychologist have found that heavy use of electronic devices is correlated to loneliness, depression, anxiety and the increased presence of suicide risk factors. The article goes into how for anti-smoking campaigns, the options were to quit smoking or never start. Except with smartphones, the issue is that they are essential in today’s society and do add many benefits. When used properly, technology and cellular devices can be used in a healthy way, making this issue so hard to combat. It is up to parents to help educate their kids and help fight the issue with increased use in technology.

I found this article extremely relevant, especially after watching the film Ingrid Goes West. Ingrid, was addicted to technology and the audience began to see all the negative impacts. Ingrid felt alone, was suicidal, and liked her phone better than any of the people she met in real life. Ingrid was not in touch with reality at all and the addiction began to consume her. While Ingrid was an extreme case, it is still becoming apparent that there is an issue with technology addiction and the bigger issue is how to help avoid this addiction and if it is even possible. Since all the studies conducted on this matter have very little reliability it is still hard to know how deep this addiction runs. Personally, I probably have a minor addiction to my phone along with the rest of the world. Yet, it is so embedded in our culture nowadays that it is hard to even know where to begin to fight this addiction and if it is even possible to. I am curious to see what the future holds and how this “addiction” is going to play out for society.