Cell phone addiction consumes attention

A relatively new disorder is slowly proclaiming its power over a large majority of teens and young adults.

Symptoms include difficulty paying attention, inability to socialize, sleep deprivation and even automobile accidents.

Cell phone addiction has become a huge problem in the lives of people around the world.

Between classes and jobs, cell phones cut productivity when it is needed most.

Sitting in the back of a classroom and looking out into the sea of students, it is amazing to see how many have a phone in their lap or hidden behind a backpack, trying to discreetly respond to text messages or check social networks.

Even more daring students hold cell phones right in front of their faces while class is in session.

Students paying money to be inattentive, focusing on their cell phones rather than paying attention in class is ludicrous. To distract yourself in class with a cell phone is one thing, but distracting others is another.

More rude and self-centered behavior comes when a friend is too busy with his or her phone to even hold a moderately in-depth conversation.

The millennial generation, having grown up with texting and cell phone use, struggles with differentiating in-person social interactions and communication via electronic devices.

Social interactions have become quieter because looking at a group of young adults “hanging out” consists of more than three-quarters of the group staring at their cell phones. The others may be upset they were asked to hang out with people that chose to communicate with other people via cell phones.

Even sleep has become something put on the back-burner by cell phones. People without self-discipline will keep themselves awake, lurking on social networks and playing games until all hours of the night.

The single-most inconsiderate and obnoxious cell phone habit would be the use of the device while operating a vehicle.

Staring at your lap with only one hand on the wheel and the other frantically texting or surfing social networks could point out a problem in someone’s life.

A driver who is so connected and fixated on a device cannot just leave the phone in their pocket or somewhere less accessible. This obsession with being connected at all times shows the seriousness of this new-found addiction.

Cell phone manufacturers are smirking at the use of their products and frantically trying to give users options to “check out” or “sober up” from their cell phones. iOS devices have a “Do Not Disturb” feature that allows the user to set the phone to a mode of standby, essentially allowing the phone to stay on, but not light up the screen or notify the user whenever an alert, text message or phone call comes through.

Cell phones are causing rifts in relationships, poor health and fatal car accidents. It is not worth killing a relationship or even a person just to check a text message or see the latest post on your favorite social networking outlet.

About Matthew Swope

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