Are we addicted to technology?

How will this effect us in years to come?

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How many times do you check your phone a day?

According to figures collected by a screen lock app, the average person checks their phone 110 times a day.

During peak times this equates to once every six or seven seconds, with some users unlocking their devices up to 900 times over the course of a day, which in reality is around 18 hours.


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As much as we like to laugh and joke around about the people that take this subject "way too seriously", is it that much of a laughing matter? Could you grow to be eighty years old, and honestly be happy looking back at what your generation taught others? Your grandchild won't be interested in talking to you or your family members, they'll be busy on their phone (or whatever is popular at the time). You won't have a conversation with them, because they will have never learned how to start one in the first place. You can laugh, you can make jokes. But in the end, technology will cost us our social lives. We won't have friends to be with, or people to talk to. We won't have teachers in our classrooms when we have Odyssey instead. This is what we have to deal with now.

Signs that you're addicted

  1. Do you panic when you’ve misplaced your phone?
  2. Are you on your phone during social situations or in the presence of family?
  3. Do you carry your smartphone everywhere, even to the bathroom?
  4. Do you go to sleep and wake up looking at your phone?
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Now i'm not saying I'm not addicted. Because I am.

Each morning I wake up, the first thing I do is check Facebook. It's the last thing I do before I go to bed, and when I don't feel up to work at school, It's what I do all day.

"I just looked at my phone to appear less lonely"

How many have done this? Does looking at your phone make you look less alone? If so, why is that?
The possible reason that looking at our phone makes us appear less lonely, is that your phone is linked with social media. The person that is constantly on their phone is assumed to be talking to friends, which means they aren't a lonely person.
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  1. Businesses that use social media to gain new business and the most cutting edge machines to produce goods are much more likely to thrive than those who do not take advantage of what technology has to offer.
  2. Education is yet another area where technology is having a major impact. Students can find almost any academic material or answer to a research question just by using online resources or academic databases.

But then again...

A Day Made of Glass... Made possible by Corning. (2011)
I'm not saying we should get rid of technology completely. But perhaps we should limit ourselves. If we took the right steps, it could be a great evolution.