We certainly live in the era of technological development. Technology has been progressing at great rates for decades, almost non-stop, and the reality we’ve created was only partly predicted by even the most visionary science fiction writers. But that’s the beauty of it, isn’t it? Building a reality so technologically advanced that even the most imaginative minds couldn’t predict it.
One of the most impressive inventions to come out of our era is the processor. After decades of perfection, it has reached incredibly small dimensions, as miniaturization seems to be the way to go when it comes to technology. And with the internet being available to anyone, it was just a matter of time until everybody had all the information on the planet readily accessible in their pockets.
Sadly, though, instead of learning and evolving, we’re merely wasting our time with stuff like social media and mobile apps. This gave birth to a new type of creature, one that was recently named in Germany. I’m talking, of course, about the smartphone zombie, or as the Germans call it, the smombie.
And teenagers are facing the biggest risk of becoming smombies, as they themselves can admit. According to a new study from Common Sense Media, teenagers admit smartphone addiction is a problem. The fact that teenagers admitted having a problem and agreed with their parents means that this is for real.
According to James Steyer, the CEO of Common Sense Media, the company behind the study,
What we’ve discovered is that kids and parents feel addicted to their mobile devices, that it is causing daily conflict in homes, and that families are concerned about the consequences. We also know that problematic media use can negatively affect children’s development and that multitasking can harm learning and performance.
The report was a meta-analysis, using the data from 1,240 parents and teenagers living in the same household, as well the data from eighteen different researches on Internet addiction and its impact on teenagers. And the results turned out to be made even more concerning by the involved parties admitting their problem.
Half of the teenagers in the study recognized that their smartphone addiction was a problem, as did 59 percent of the parents in the study. This need to be active on social media and to respond to texts immediately could be harmless, but it most often isn’t. This is where the addiction comes in.
Apparently there are centers where you talk about this smartphone dependence, and they do a great job, but centers like those aren’t a readily available commodity. Instead, experts advise that when you feel the need to use your smartphone despite you not necessarily wanting to, you could go for a walk or exercise. These are usually practices reserved for more dangerous addictions, like smoking, but they should work just fine.
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