Everyone today spends too much time online.
How dangerous craze of people with smartphones? For anybody not a secret that excessive use of gadgets and social networks leads to the destruction of social contacts and dependency, but scientists still can’t determine whether in fact this dependence, reports the Chronicle.info with reference to Politico.
Indeed, every adult person knows that holds the phone is a huge amount of time that the games after work take the chance to read an interesting book, and an insufficient number of likes for a new photo causes anxiety. Many celebrities claim that “tired” from social networks, and engage in a “vacation”, if not remove the accounts. The TV series “Mr. Robot” and “Black mirror” transmit the idea of “what we all have become”, but are we from this a little more fully realized?
According to statistics from EuroData 2017, about 42% of people check their smartphones in the first 10 minutes after waking up. This year’s edition of The Huffington Post, founded by Arianna Huffington, released in conjunction with Samsung Thrive app that allows you to flexibly configure the emergency alerts and disable unnecessary. According to the journalist, technology to such an extent accelerated the pace of our life, that “we live in now if only to maintain their devices and not using them as tools to help life.”the social network addiction
In January, the investment company Jana Partners, one of the largest shareholders of Apple, sent the Corporation a demand to take action to help parents who are trying to control the endless “socializing” their children with smartphones. And Professor, James Madison University Nate Malenke says that his students put the smartphones on the tables, screens down, “but it is easy to see that every two minutes they turn them to look at the updates – if a neurosis.” It is noteworthy that Malinke never had a smartphone.
Scientists have conducted a lot of social and other experiments to understand the reason why smartphones have such a powerful impact on our lives. Despite the fact that revolutionary discoveries had been made, appeared interesting results of studies showing harm and benefit from life with a smartphone. In 2017, the article in The Journal of the Association for Consumer Research reported that the farther the smartphone was delayed during tests of IQ and memory, the better was the result of the test, despite the fact that in all cases the devices were transferred to silent mode. Other work has shown that a friendly conversation without smartphones leave a better impression on all participants (Misra et al., 2014) and that photographs of works of art reduces the likelihood that we can keep a vivid memory (Henkel, 2013). On the other hand, Dutch researchers (Vossen, Valkenburg, 2016) found a correlation between regular use of social networks and improvements in tests for empathy in children. And scientists from China (Lui, 2012) found that the most active consumers of media content who are accustomed constantly to operate with many sources of information, capable of quickly make unconscious decisions.
Almost all of us there exists a moderate dependence on gadgets: can we control it, but still feel anxiety when the phone or network does not have access. As “treatment” specialists recommend to leave the phone charging overnight in the next room, limit the use of certain programs by using special applications or translate the display into black and white mode, the notification did not attract attention to himself.
It is not excluded that social networks are not considered more dangerous than electricity or comics that scared the previous generation. However, they can be to society something of sugar in the diet is attractive, but harmful additives.
Remove the “date rape” app. Can not worry too much: all the data is probably stored in the cloud; configure home Wi-Fi, restricting the time of access to the Internet; go on a vacation (leave the smartphone at home); refer to the psychologist, a specialist for treatment of addictions.
Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of social network Facebook, at the end of 2017 promised that a virtual platform will reduce the frequency of “viral” video, in order to reduce the time that social network users are wasting. In turn, Apple has promised to develop a more accurate “parent” setting in their devices.the social network addiction
Users also do not sit idle. About 40% of the Norwegian students has installed the popular app Hold which offers virtual rewards for lower active use of the smartphone.
Humanity tend to go to extremes – from the misunderstanding and rejection of the new obsession to them. It is hoped that soon equilibrium is established that will allow the technologies to evolve, and human society to exist without breaking down. Moreover, that the future would bring us new challenges: artificial intelligence, unmanned vehicles, augmented reality perhaps, then, the fascination with their smartphones will no longer seem to us a serious problem.