Smartphone Separation Anxiety and Addiction: The Next American Crisis? 8/18/17 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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Do you suffer from nomophobia? Also known as smartphone separation anxiety. Well, if you don’t, the odds are that someone you know does. The Scotsman, Scotland’s national newspaper, reports on new research that shows that some people that are separated from their smartphone for a long period of time has increased anxiety levels.

The researchers found that the main reason is because of the role phones play in our lives and our overall identity, they say the phone have become extensions of ourselves, with social media being a big part of this, because on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, we post our photos, comments with family and friends, and if you don’t have your phone with you, then you’re not able to post a selfie of what you’re having for lunch for example, and that can really make the anxiety kick in for some people.

They stated that this separation anxiety is likely to increase as technology advances, becomes more personal, and they’re encouraging people not to become too dependent on their phones, but it’s too late for that. Most already are, like an alcoholic or a junky that needs another hit, people need another Tweet, meme or Instagram photo or else it panic time.        

We have already surrender so much of our lives to smartphones already. We do almost everything on them. From socializing to dating, we are dependent on our phones. The only solution is self-control, but not many people have that anymore, so don’t be surprised if one day you’re watching Dr. Phil and he sends someone to a smartphone addiction detox place to break their iPhone addiction. Is smartphone addiction the next great America crisis? I would argue it’s already a crisis for a lot of Americans.

I’m Chad Whittle on A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Posted on August 17, 2017 .