Too Dependent on Phones?


Melanie Zaragoza , Contributor

Are we too reliant on our phones? Phones play a big part in our lives, mine included. We can set reminders, communicate better, order stuff online, and have the access to control things around our houses. When does it come to the point where it’s too much in our lives? Having a phone involved a lot in our lives has both pros and cons. Phones make our lives so much easier. It makes our lives so much easier that we could become too reliant on them and we become indolent. However, on the bright side, we don’t need to do as much work due to already having resources on our phones. 

What are the positives and negatives exactly? 

Communication has become easier. We can contact someone in seconds. There’s no need to send letters anymore that take days, weeks, to get to a person you’re trying to reach. This is extremely convenient for us! We can keep in touch with the latest trends and know nearly everything happening in the world.

Need an answer to something right away? Just go to Safari, you’ll get your answer right away. No need to take a long time trying to solve it yourself or even just take notes on facts you won’t even need later on. 

Running late to an interview or need to postpone something? Contacting someone is quick and easy by sending a text message or calling.

On the other hand, some might say society is now negative because of this device. Society has obviously advanced because of this, but there’s always some negative side  about it. It changed the way society is now. It became a toxic and negative place. Society isn’t exactly a great place anymore to be involved in, social media has been the absolute worst for a long time now. It’s not exactly great for anyone in our society.  

Children and adults are negatively being affected , impacting the environment around us. Children are so tempted to check their cell phones that we use them in class instead of paying attention. It has now become a huge problem in schools everywhere.

It’s not just us, children, adults are just as addicted to them as we are. It’s such an addictive thing that they tend to get distracted by calling or texting someone while driving resulting in bad accidents on the road. One small object causes such damage to multiple people. 

Do we even socialize with people as much as we used to? I personally don’t think I do nor do I want to anymore. I mostly just use my device to contact people, as that’s the typical way to communicate with others. Phones nowadays are used as a way to communicate with someone. Why the need to go out and actually interact with someone? We’ve become so disconnected from the social world and physically socializing with others. This could both be a negative and positive thing, as not many people like socializing with others. A negative effect to this is some don’t leave their rooms at all, some tend to completely isolate themselves from the outside world.

Do you think you’re having a problem with this? Becoming too addicted to a screen? So much to the point that you rely on it and it’s just consumed our daily lives? Hearing from others’ experience, it seems like it’s become a problem to many, a huge problem. They’ve struggled with interacting with any relatives or anyone in general or simply  doing a daily task. 

For example, 7th grader Naraly Deavila, thinks it has. “I strongly believe that we are too dependent on our phones. I feel like nowadays our phones are a part of our everyday life. Our phones hold us back from doing regular activities such as talking with family and doing chores.”

Phones do truly take away the energy to do daily activities. The screen becomes so addicting all you want to do is be on your phone texting, calling, etc. Some just don’t even get out of bed because of this. Now in society this is completely normal. 

Leona Ashley has had a problem with this, what do they think about this? 

“I would say they have- a lot for me personally because sometimes I feel out of place without it, which I could already tell is really bad. I’d also say they are a problem because I know so many people with daily screen times well above ten hours. This proves enough to me that they’ve really become an addictive device.”

It’s now usual for screen times to be well above at least ten hours. I myself am guilty for this unfortunately. It does feel quite uncomfortable to be without a phone as we’re so used to having it with us everywhere. You get addicted to checking your phone for any sort of notification from a social media app, iMessages, etc. There is actual scientific evidence of this. 

According to healthline, social interaction stimulates the release of dopamine, getting addicted to that great feeling. The urge to take a quick glance at your phone just in case there’s any notification. If you feel like you have to check it out, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing, you just have to check it. That’s how addicting this device can become.

How does it affect a child and adolescent’s health? 

It can really take a toll on a child’s physical and mental health. Children could become more lazy as this type of addiction just impacts so much on a young human. Physical problems could become extremely serious, injuries, etc. Young people that don’t rely or use their phones tend to have a better and more relaxed behavior, while others that do rely on their phone tend to be more impulsive than normal. Children could have a bad reaction when getting a device taken away, reacting completely irrationally. This has all been scientifically proven, the impacts on children. Phones or just any devices in general do horrible for children, having some type of device at this age? Is it truly good for children? 

Mentally is where it gets serious with having mobile addiction. Having access to smartphones and iPads affects us more than we think. Adolescents or adults can become depressed or anxious. This addiction increases the chances of feeling loneliness, anxious, depressed. Your behavior gets heavily influenced by cell phones. Mood-swings worsen, stress increases, while sleep just decreases as time goes on. You can feel extreme fatigue and sleeping can become a difficulty, hours and hours of staring at a screen, insomnia can slowly start to impact on your sleeping. 

Users of this device can tend to think that using social media or your phone is a great distraction from problems, feeling lonely, entirely losing yourself to this device. Yes, it can temporarily fix these issues, but in the end it wouldn’t really do you any good, it could actually just make you feel worse than before, the avoidance or distraction is just a short-term thing. This just proves that as much as it can be so addicting and used in daily life, it’s not exactly that beneficial to us, instead it just worsens mental and physical health. 

Overall, phones play a big role in everyday life, sometimes a little too much. It always does have its perks, but of course there is always its negative side to it. Communication is one that has improved since this device was invented, it got a lot easier frankly really convenient to us. Getting in touch with someone is all in all easy and only takes a few seconds. Setting reminders for yourself so that you actually remember it, getting something is much quicker and more accessible. You have a lot of control over your life. However, society in several ways has become a negative place.. It’s been impacted in a horrible way. Phones practically have preoccupied everybody; it’s a huge distraction to everybody. We’ve become too reliant on it. It’s impacting us not just mentally but physically. Adults and children, everybody in the world is getting impacted by this small device. Can we ever improve this? How can we help to improve this?