Why Are You So Addicted To Your Smartphone?

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What makes you so addicted to your smartphone? Is it safe to use your devices as much as you do? Can you break the technology addiction?
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Our use of technology, or perhaps overuse. or misuse, has been something of a cause celebre. in the media of late. that’s partly because some of those that. created the technologies have now come out. and said some of them are very likely not. good for you. one former executive at facebook has said. he doesn’t believe children should even. be on the platform. but we can’t blame social media alone; countless. articles of late have stated that we are probably. just too connected, which is affecting our. social skills and making us more depressed. – especially the young. but why can’t we put our gadgets down, and. what exactly are the negative consequences. of too much time spent on our devices . that’s what we’ll find out today, in this. episode of the infographics show, why are. you so addicted to your smartphone . pew research recently released the details. of a study which told us where in the world. was the biggest smartphone penetration. south korea was top, followed by australia,. israel, the u. s, spain and the uk. but that doesn’t mean people in those countries. are actually using their phone all the time,. or does it . well, based on a 2016 study led by statistica,. it does look like people in those countries. might fall into the category of being a “smartphone. zombie. ”. the study said brazilians spent the most hours. on average connected to a smartphone at . hours 48 minutes per day. next was china at 3 hours 3 minutes, followed. by the u. s. (2 hours 37 minutes), italy ( . hours 34 minutes), spain (2 hours 11 minutes). and south korea (2 hours 10 minutes). one thing rang true for all countries in the. study, and that was the fact time spent on. a smartphone for the average person was up. quite a lot from 2012 to 2016. if we look at which countries spend most time. online, different studies give different results. one of the most recent ones from 2018 tells. us it’s the asians that don’t log off. so often. the report, called we are social, said thais. spend the most time online with an average. of 9 hours and 38 minutes per day. the philippines was next at 9 hours 29 minutes. and brazil following at 9 hours and 14 minutes. you had to go down the list a fair bit to. find the u. s. , uk, australia, or indeed many. european nations. the same report stated that use of social. media was one of main reasons for time being. spent online, putting the philippines as the. biggest social media users, brazil in second,. indonesia in third and thailand in fourth. what we are all doing when we are using our. smartphone is not an easy question to answer,. but one study by mobile insights gave some. numbers on what people in the u. s. are doing. when they actively use their smartphone. 19 percent of the time was spent on facebook,. and that was the leading usage time. music, media and entertainment was next at. 14 percent, followed by messaging at 12 percent,. gaming at 11 percent, and utilities at 9 percent. of the time. trailing behind was shopping, productivity,. and youtube. maybe that’s you right now. if facebook is number one, then we guess we. should start there. what’s so bad about using facebook . quite a lot apparently. the american psychological association issued. a recent report saying that too much social. media use can lead to depression. soon after, big apple investors stated that. they were concerned about the impact device. use is having on society. late last year, a former facebook executive. said social media was “ripping society apart”,. calling it a beast and saying he’d never. allow his kids to use it. this led to facebook ceo mark zuckerberg issuing. statements saying he wanted people to spend. only quality time on facebook, and that meant. being active and communicating, and not just. swiping. soon after that, lots of leading tech execs. got together to form the center for humane. technology to, “liberate us from technology. addiction. ”. so, what is going here . we might remember what american author jonathan. franzen once wrote for the new york times,. in that making liking something not so natural. and more of a consumer choice, we are dehumanizing. interaction. he also talked about narcissism and how our. online persona exists in a kind of flattering. hall of mirrors. more recently, tristan harris talked about. how our devices manipulate us into using them. it’s a kind of aesthetic thing sometimes,. so he wants to make smartphones less visually. appealing. wired reported that harris believes our gadgets. are “an existential threat to human beings. ”. in the same story robert lustig, a pediatric. endocrinologist at the university of california,. said technology was addictive just like a. drug. for every like we get, or pokémon we catch,. we get a hit of dopamine. and we want more…and more. “but if you overstimulate dopamine neurons,. they die,” he said, and this might lead. to depression or even suicidal thoughts. others have talked about facebook’s culture. of envy. seeing what we don’t have, or can’t have,. daily, all the time, as everyone marches on. through what might seem at times to be their. perfect lives. being so connected might make us vulnerable. to insecurities, as in some ways social media. can be quite competitive. we want this positive feedback loop, but it’s. not the same as physical interaction. as one writer called it, “the human bond,. so essential to our well-being, has become. desiccated within the apathetic medium of. the online hub. social networks have become bottomless pools. into which billions of modern narcissists. sit entranced staring at their own virtual. reflections. ”. we don’t need to tell you about the fate. of narcissus. we might ask if this has anything to do with. all those reports around the world that tell. us depression is on the rise, especially in. teens. most reports in english refer to the u. s. and the uk, but the who in 2017 released a. study stating that depression was on the rise. globally. so, maybe we should follow zuckerberg’s. advice and use facebook sparingly and try. and use it for the good of our minds, for. our edification, rather than something that. makes us feel insecure or envious… or just. because we are nosey. but facebook is only part of the reason why. we can’t put our phones down. we have this exciting thing in our pocket. that flashes and beeps and looks so inviting,. spurring one critic to compare it to opening. a casino on every street corner. for him there should be zoning laws for technology. as there are for casinos. npr in 2018 talked about this manipulative. object we carry around with us, that is just. so irresistible. the story mentions russian psychologist ivan. pavlov, and what we know as pavlov’s dog. the psychologist one day realized that when. his dog heard a bell or a buzzer, he knew. it was feeding time, thereby associating a. sound to eating, which led to the dog drooling. and looking excited. modern psychologists tell us this is what. is happening to us when we hear a beep or. a ding inside our pocket; we become excitable. like pavlov’s dog. a reward is coming, and we get a hit of dopamine. and we want more hits, damnit!. we check our phones on average every 15 minutes,. and those that make the tech use psychological. tricks to keep us checking in. we are getting our dopamine hits, but like. drug addicts or gambling addicts, we are kinda. playing into someone else’s trap. all this time spent checking in may affect. our sleep, our relationships, our work, or. even all the creative things we might do to. have a flourishing existence. the long and short of it all is that psychologists. tend to agree we should be checking in less,. and tech producers need to start thinking. about creating less powerful digital drugs. that isn’t easy of course, as most people. now need those beeps and likes, and need to. feel they are not missing out on something. experts even state that by putting your phone. down, you may experience withdrawal symptoms,. such as craving, restlessness, irritability. or difficulty concentrating. serious guides are out there to help you wean. off your digital fix and spend more time in. real life. you might want to turn off notifications,. have a plan for the day and stick to it, take. off the apps you don’t really need as that. might lead to a kind of app surfing, much. like when you watched three hours of mind-numbing. cable tv. in general, not many people are against these. technologies, but we should be focusing on. what we might call device “quality time”,. educating ourselves and being productive and. creative. we hope these few minutes have been educational. for you. so, do you think people are spending too much. time on their smartphones . let us know in the comments!. also, be sure to check out our other video. called most expensive things in the world!. thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t. forget to like, share, and subscribe. see you next time!. .
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