Including how much time they spend on computers, tablets, and laptops, the time spent on technology totals up to approximately nine hours per day.
Though social medias and smartphones have acquired various positive traits throughout their existences, such as their uses for networking for professional jobs and connecting with friends, the downsides ultimately outweigh the benefits. People waste almost five hours a day on their smartphones. Including how much time they spend on computers, tablets, and laptops, the time spent on technology totals up to approximately nine hours per day. The average person’s amount of time spent on electronics is longer than his or her average amount of time spent sleeping, which is about seven and a half hours per day, and longer than his or her time spent with family. Additionally, constant updates from Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and other medias also prove harmful to the people receiving them. Due to unceasing notifications, apps and medias on smartphones have the potential to create drug-like addictions in anyone who uses them. This arbitrary use of media in a fast-paced world undoubtedly creates extremely negative effects on humans individually and as a community. With all of these downsides, it is no surprise that ever since technology has become a norm in society, different types of anxieties and dysfunctions have surfaced as a result of its excessive use.
Countless dysfunctions have materialized due to the overuse of technology and social media. Social Media Anxiety Disorder is now the third leading psychological disease in the United States, and has taken its toll on many avid users of social media and technology. Social Media Anxiety Disorder, or SMAD, consists of constant angst caused by either the excessive use or non-use of one’s phone. People potentially acquire the anxiety from becoming stressed out over notifications, or they acquire the anxiety from the absence of their phones. Another disorder, Phantom Vibration Syndrome, occurs when one thinks that his or her phone has vibrated or buzzed, but it hasn’t. This sensation happens because a bodily itch is sensed as a phone vibration. Suggested by this phenomenon, social media and smartphones are potentially changing the ways that nervous systems work, and rewiring brains in unprecedented ways. Moreso, another disfunction is called NoMophobia. NoMophobia has been introduced as a fear of not having one’s smartphone on or near him or her. All three of these disorders have similar symptoms: an addiction to social media, unease without one’s phone, or on the contrary, constant attachment to one’s phone. Though Social Media Anxiety Disorder, Phantom Vibration Syndrome, and NoMophobia have become popular derangements in recent years, the question still remains: what has caused the population of technology users to acquire these disorders?
It's not only the young ones who have become addicted.
Human interaction is at an all time low. Social media? At an all time high.
Mothers and daughters don't have that special kind of bond anymore; it has been plagued by technology.
Because people would rather sit alone with their smartphone than strike up a conversation with another lone person and make a new friend.