Young woman on cell phone
In a world where instant connectivity is an expectation an ugly argument has arisen. Are we addicted to our cell phones? There is no current definitive answer, but for teens this may become a reality in the near future.
Cell phone addiction has been likened to alcoholism, drug addiction, and gambling addiction. The question is how do you know whether or not this could be you. The Drug Rehab Treatment website has determined a few warning signs.
- Restlessness experienced when not on your phone.
- Going off your rocker if you can't find your phone. This is likened to experiencing a cataclysmic event.
- Your cell phone is your life; you can't leave home without it. It is now an accessory, not a tool.
- Ridiculous cell phone bills. Parents tend to frown on this.
- Not completing homework, needing to take excessive breaks to check the phone at work, constantly texting during dinner or family outings.
- Declining social skills attributed to cell phone usage.
While the state of your mental health may definitely be at risk; I also wonder how our reliance on cell phones directly impacts the English language. Not to mention the fact that it appears much easier to tell someone off without having to take responsibility. You can break up, hurt a person, or lie to someone and never have to look them in the face. This seems to be the biggest risk; as human beings we are social animals. Without having to interact face-to-face, what is the future of the human race? It is definitely an interesting question; the next time your phone rings, beeps, or vibrates maybe you should just walk across the room and ask the caller what they need.
Just a thought. What are yours?