There is no denying the fact that smartphone addiction today is as severe of a problem, if not more, like addiction to drugs and cigarettes. We are compromising our long-term goals for the short-term highs we get from sticking our eyes out to these glittering plastic screens. Smartphone addiction has become so treacherous and menacing that if something is not done, we will totally lose control of ourselves and will become a servant of this attention seeker. Oh wait, we already are.
They are rightly called smartphones. They are apparently so smart that they can both manipulate us and entertain us, misguide us and keep us up-to-date, distract us and help us stay focussed, waste our time and save our time.
The thing to understand is that smartphones are not the problem, smartphone addiction is. You being glued to your screen for hours is the problem. Whether you are on a family lunch or a dinner date, at the movies or at the gym, hanging out with your friends, or meeting an old relative of yours—you not being able to keep away from these modern cigarettes is the pressing issue.
We feel the need to check our smartphones every once in a while, no matter where we are or what we are doing. It seems that we just can’t keep away from them for long. We feel vulnerable, incomplete, restless, uneasy if we stay away from them for quite a period of time. You may start with checking your emails, and you wouldn’t even notice that an hour went by and how you end up watching a video of a ‘baby hearing her mama’s voice for the first time’ on youtube. Such is the vicious trap of this