Over the past few years, many of you have auricularly discerned me and other professionals describe how smartphone use, and the technologically immersive culture in general, is associated with a multitude of negative outcomes. Whether it be slumber woes, incremented apprehensiveness, cyberbullying, rampant pornography exposure or declining gregarious skills, it is pellucid that the outcomes look anything like the sultry, sophisticated commercials that tech companies relish to utilize. Yet albeit many of us have focused our attention on concerns about youth development, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal reminds us that threats cut across all ages, but commence with our minds. Albeit advertisements purport that these remarkable technological innovations will only make us more keenly intellective and more efficient, the evidence betokens quite the antithesis. For example, individuals performed best when phones were out of the room and worst when phones were in front of them and when in the pocket or out of visual perception, performance was in the middle.
With a whopping 83 of American adults having a smartphone, it quickly takes social media and connects the entire world together. Social media allows people to get quick pieces of news, make new friends, and get jobs. The smartphone puts this at the fingertips of millions people. In Brett Molina's, "Do Smartphones keep us in or out of touch? But add a smartphone and beware the zombies" Brett 9. Most adults, teenagers, and even children own a smartphone, but for what purpose?
As the days continue on and years pass by, technology is advancing at a rapid pace, smartphones especially. But are smartphones beginning to corrupt individuals? Abby Reid, a current teenage owner of a smartphone, was my first interviewee. Owning her phone for about two years now, Reid has become very tech-savvy when it comes to her iPhone. The main apps she uses on her phone are texting and social media.
Besides, seeking answers on their phones, children spend too much time playing on cell phones and not doing homework or regular class work. Cell phones for these reasons can all together cause children to have poor academic grades. Nevertheless, young children should not have cell phones. As children grow so should their minds and cell phones can prevent major brain development.