Imagine you had a day off

Imagine you had a day off. What would you do with your precious time? Some people might want to sleep for the entire afternoon or might want to go hang out with their friends. However, during those times spent, how long can you last without looking at your smartphone? It can be challenging for the majority of the population who own a smartphone because this compact gadget is nearly always within their perimeter. As overwhelming it is, people depend greatly on their smartphone and knowing the state of addiction is important.As technology advances, many manufacturers are developing devices that will assist people with their convenience and everyday tasks. A smartphone is one of the most important technological devices that is impacting our society today. It is a device that combines a cell phone with basically a hand-held computer, offering many unique and entertaining features. Users can stream music, play games, get a reminder for important plans, and even track health reports. Although it appears to have only favorable elements, as mentioned above; extreme use of a smartphone can cause calamity to not just yourself but to the others, and will highly influence people (especially teenagers) with the addiction. One of the common problems that many people aren’t aware of is being habituated to a smartphone. Today, there is even a word called nomophobia. Sandee LaMotte, in her article, “Smartphone addiction could be changing your brain” writes, “a 21st-century term for the fear of not being able to use your cell phone or other smart devices.” Smartphones have become a necessity rather than utility. For examples, texting and driving are becoming a life threatening norm. Charles Moore, in his article, “Texting While Driving Is More Dangerous than Driving Under the Influence” states, “The study showed texters’ reaction times deteriorated by 35%, with a whopping 91% decrease in steering ability.” A consequence of texting and driving is severe; it can engender a serious injury or death to the driver itself, but also to the other drivers that might get affected by it. Moreover, the result of constantly looking onto a smartphone might cause other health problems and negatively affect social life.A smartphone was invented to help one’s life easier by doing multiple works simultaneously; yet, smartphone’s pleasing factors lead to adverse effect on young teenagers, such as, physical and mental disorders. Excessive use of smartphones can lead to an incorrect posture, which can lead to the syndrome of ‘turtle neck syndrome’. If such ‘turtle neck syndrome’ persists, there is a possibility that a serious disease called ‘neck disk’ will be obtained. Other problem of smartphone addiction is having a sleep disorder. For example, Dr. Hyung Suk Seo, professor of neuroradiology at Korea University, who led the study said, “Addicted teenagers in the study also had significantly higher scores in anxiety, depression, and levels of insomnia and impulsivity” (qtd in LaMotte). In addition, continued use of the smartphone reduces the visual acuity. The smartphone has a smaller screen than the computer, so the users get closer to see the small prints and pictures. Typically, a person blinks once every 4 to 5 seconds, but when using a smartphone, users are concentrated on their device, which makes it easier for them lose sight and have dry eyes. Consequently, instead of having a family conversation, many children “talk” more to their phone rather than to talk to their parents. Smartphone addiction can disturbance people to lose their longing face-to-face relationships. This shows that smartphone activities are unhealthy to the users, especially minors because they are not mature enough and have weak self-control. Therefore, a smartphone is crucial to the growing teenagers and may contradict the fact that it is a useful device, it all depends on one’s usage. Users make an erroneous decision and overuse the smartphone which leads to numerous social and physical problems. However, there are also many helpful aspects of this device. First, the biggest advantages of smartphone are portability and immediacy. It is possible to access information anytime and anywhere; therefore, many people use the device in business for writing down notes, and have important dates to be reminded later; furthermore, students can use their smartphone to look up vocabularies and essentially find most of the answers online. Second, every smartphone have a built-in navigation system; it uses cellular data to locate the place and give an estimate of how long or how far the destination is. A smartphone is the main source of our amusement today. There are countless entertaining, educational, and productive apps that are developing every day with numerous social media that attract many of the users. This information-packed device is remarkably convenient and one can accomplish various duties just by carrying it around.
The use of smartphones is now becoming commonplace among young people, a digital generation, and becoming a culture. However, it is a problem that youth use an excessive amount of their time on a smartphone. As a result, the number of adolescents who are addicted to smartphones may also become addicted to the Internet and games. Therefore, it is necessary to manage the time of using a smartphone throughout the day.
There is no doubt that the development of information, communications and technology has changed our lives dramatically, but we face another reality behind it. It is the feeling of pressure that should not be behind others, the feelings of loss and anxiety felt when not carrying a smartphone, and the emptiness of one’s mind that electronic devices cannot substitute. Even with a smartphone with a smart technology, it cannot replace the work of man. It’s a busy day, but at least once a week, half a day or so on, a weekend without a smartphone can help relieve stresses.