Technology has become a great benefit to us but many people have taken it too far. According to researcher and surveys taken all over the world shows that a large number of people may have become addicted to their technological devices and are not able to make it through a day without their cell phones or other technological devices. Many have concerns that people would rather use these devices than to have a face to face conversation. The addictions of technological devices are on the rise. Although these devices were meant to make our lives easier there have been many problems to arise ranging from health risk, relationship problems, classroom, church, and work interferences. Statistics show that cell phones and GPS systems related accidents are at an all-time high. In today’s society cell phones have made it dangerous to drive. Nine times out of ten when someone drifting into another lane while driving they are either analyzing their GPS, texting or talking on their cell phone. The advancement and use of technological devices has become an addiction and brought forth unhealthy changes in health and interpersonal relationships.
Is there such a thing as “Technology Addiction?” Some experts say that constant use of Technological Devices has not been diagnosed as an addiction yet. Others however, aren’t convinced and researchers argue that Technology Addition does exist as an addiction or even detrimental to most people’s quality of life and continues to rise (Tanaka & Terry, 2008). In a few short years technology has changed the way we interact, especially young teenagers. Television watching and going to the movies are at an all time low. Teenagers would rather be playing video games, talking or texting on their cell phone, or on the computer social networking on my space or face book. According to a study, about three-fourth of American Teens have cell phone or computers. A research team surveyed a group of students and concluded that 75% of the internet activity occurs in the late night hours.
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Astonishingly, there are some parents that don’t make the connection that children can use a cell phone to get on the internet and it poses the same exact danger as if they were using the internet from a home computer (Columbus Dispatch, 2005). The younger generation thinks that the wireless technology is normal because that’s what they grow up with and they can deal with cell phones, texting, computers, internet and e-mails, whereas some older people are annoyed and discourage about these devices.
Some people may be as addicted to Blackberries and other Technological Devices as junkies are to drugs, according to John O’Neil director of addictions services for the Menninger Clinic in Huston. Some experts object to labeling the techo – savvy as addicts without verifying that they meet the precise psychological definition of addiction (Moskowitz, 2008). Clara Moskowitz a writer for Live science classified people who display the following characteristics as possessing addiction behaviors, which is the inability to discontinue, cut down, or decease use of their technological device. They are in a constant state of alert and have to be connected or they will start to feel signs of withdrawal. 1. They are so focused on their gadgets they neglect relationships with other people. 2. Text and e-mail to avoid face to face conversations.
3. Can’t sit through a movie without checking their cell. 4. Can’t make it through dinner without looking at their blackberries 5. You become irritable when you can’t use it.
6. The internet goes down and you lose your mind.
7. Check your computer for emails as soon as you walk in the door. 8. Turn on your GPS system even when you know the directions. 9. Panic if you thing you’ve misplaced it.
10. Return home to retrieve it if you forgot to grab it on your way out....