Smartphones are now an inevitable part of our life and this article is an essay about the effects of smartphone addiction on social relations. We use smartphones in our daily life for hours and as a result we get affected by smartphones on different aspects.
What are the Effects of Smartphone Addiction?
Smartphone is a kind of mobile phone which has an advanced operating system and which is a combination of personal computers and mobile phones. In this sense smartphones are very easy-to-use. Smartphones offer a high variety of different usages like GPS navigation unit, internet, personal assistant programmes, music players and etc. This high variety of smartphones has made the smartphones very popular among every age group. Smartphones became an indispensable part of our lives with the advancement in mobile technology. However, smartphone addiction is one of the bad results of this technological advancement. People should be aware of the symptoms and consequences of smartphone addiction. If people take necessary precautions they will have better social relations.
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Correlation Between The Effects of Smartphone Addiction and Social Relationships
As everyone can easily predict and experience in their daily lives, it is very obvious that even smartphones can enchance social relationships in some ways, the smartphones mostly affect the daily social relationships in a negative way. Shao-l Chio, from Taipei College of Maritime Technology states in his article titled, The relationship between life stress and smartphone addiction on taiwanese university student: A mediation model of learning self-Efficacy and social self-Efficacy, that smartphones affect social relationships in a bad way. He also states that “social self-efficacy can be considered a cognitive mechanism that mediates the relationships between academic stress and smartphone addiction and between interpersonal relationship stress and smartphone addiction
The relationship between life stress and smartphone addiction on taiwanese university student: A mediation model of learning self-Efficacy and social self-Efficacy” (chiu, p.2). Ian Kerner, a coloumnist at CNN, has a similar opinion with Shao-l Chio. Kerner states in his article, called “Your smartphone may be powering down your relationship”on CNN’s website, that “two recent studies show that cell phones can have a negative impact on close relationships”. This shows that smartphones affect our love relationships as well as our relationships in daily life with our frends, colluages and etc. This problem has become so huge that the writer says in his article that “a recent survey that found three out of five U.S. smartphone users don’t go more than hour without checking their gadgets” (Kerner, p.1). So, there is enough evidence that smartphones, in some ways, have an impact on our relationships in terms of different dimensions.
Effects of Smartphone Addiction On Different Age Groups
Effects of Smartphone Addiction Among Children
We always see people all around us who tell that they have a very different childhood than the childhood today’s children. People who were a child until late 90’s aggree with this opinion and it seems, starting with the twenty first century, things about childhood started to change quitely and today it is totally changed compared to 90’s. So, what is it that has changed the childhoods in a considerable way in almost 15 years. The thing is technology and espacially smartphones.
Today, every children has a smartphone on his or her hands. Even most of the times it is their parent’s smartphones, some children has their own smartphones as well. Some parents do not hesitate to buy smartphones to their children without considering the result of buying smartphones for their children’s use. But smartphone addiction may be a huge problem for the children and this should be taken into consideration.
Today, there are thousand of mobile games and other applications that can easily attract the attention of children. Children are now playing some online games like Candy Crush, Farmville, Ogame, Klans and etc. that force the users, players, to sit in front of the game and play it for hours in order to pass the rivals. After some time, this online rivalry becomes an addiction for the children and most children cannot leave the smartphones and turn to real life easily.
Tristram Hunt, columnist at The Telegraph, states in his article on the newspaper that “smartphones are psychologically addictive, encourage narcissistic tendencies and should come with a health warning” (Hunt, p.1). Going back to 90’s and earlier, we, as children, used to play in the gardens of our houses with the other children from the neighbor hood. We used to play on the sand and come back to home with dirty clothes after playing out with our friends. But today, the only place that children see sand and grass is the online farming game Farmville. So, as a result of this, today’s children can not create social relationships with the other children and this makes them weak in terms of social relationships when they become adults. So, the smartphone addiction in very early ages, like childhood, may result in decreasing social skills and social relationships during adulthood and the effects can go with one’s whole life.
Margeret Rock, from Modern Parent, states that smartphones are likely to decrease the relationship between children and the parents. In 90’s, before 90’s and in early 21st century, parents used to play with their children at home and even outside their home like in parks and etc. but today parents let their children play with their smartphones and they do not care about their children while the child is becoming addicted to smartphones. As the children play less with the parents, the relationship between children and the parents become weakened and they can not communicate easily at home about any topic and this will definitely lead to problems within the family.
Effects of Smartphone Addiction Among Young People
Today, most of the young people in all around the world are using smartphones on a daily basis and most of them can be categorized as addicted to smartphones. The smartphone addiction is at very high levels that we, as young people, need to check our smartphones every minute to see if there is something new. This addiction has a great impact on our daily lives and social relationships just like every other addiction.
Brownen Morgen, from ‘Research Live’, states that “15-24 year olds use their mobile phones an average of 387 times throughout the day, compared with the adult average of 264 times, according to the latest Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) TouchPoints survey” (Morgen, p.1) The average of 387 times shows that in one hour, the young people check and use their smartphones nearly 16 times, which means, less than every 4 minutes, young people are checking their smartphones. This is a great addiction.
The most commonly used feature of smartphones is text-messaging. By the use of free messaging applications like Whatsapp, Line, Viber and etc. text messaging became very popular between young people. They text about everything they have faced, seen or heard in their daily life. This may be seen as a sign of increasing relationships between people as they communicate more but actually it should be considered as a negative impact on relationships because text messaging decreases people’s skills of communicating face to face with other people and this badly affects social relationships. On the other hand, as people tell about everything through text messages, they do not have anything to talk about when they meet with each other.
Conclusion for the Effects of Smartphone Addiction
To conclude, the effects of smartphone addiction has huge impact on people’s social relationship skills. It is not only the young people who get affected by the smartphone addiction but also the children and the adults are being affected by smartphones. As the negative effects of smartphones on children, it decreases the children’s skills to communicate with other children as they do not play together anymore outside and secondly it decreases the relationship and weakens the bonds between children and the parents. In terms of young people, smartphone addiction has become so huge among young people and young people are checking their phones every 4 minutes. This decreases young people’s ability to communicate with their friends face-to-face as they tell everything to each other through text messaging; they do not have anything to talk about face-to-face.
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