Neighbors are so obsessed with smartphone usage that they refuse to look up and acknowledge one another when passing by. As I sat in my 2018 Sonata at a gas station in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, I observed a man coming down the stairs holding the hands of his child while deeply engrossed in his smartphone.
He didn’t look up or check on the child with him. Unfortunately, the accident of tumbling down the stairs due to some misstep didn’t take place. This man and child are safe for now, but next time the situation might turn ugly.
Increasingly Addictive Smartphone Usage
Ever since mobile technology came on the scene, especially in the form of smartphones, the American public has become increasingly addictive to sophisticated communication devices. The number of apps added on a yearly basis has captivated the minds of people both young and old.
Most of the downtown people have is spent hovering over their smartphone. You can see this phenomenon happening everywhere, including on the bus stops, sitting at bus stops, elevators, sidewalks, and on benches.
The Danger associated with Smartphone Obsession
When people become so obsessed with smartphone technology, the environment becomes dangerous for everyone. The news is our witness. Thousands of accidents, many fatal, are caused by obsession smartphone use while driving.
The obsession use of smartphones causes people to walk into buildings, swimming pools, off of patios, and march off into ongoing traffic. The danger is real.
A Proposal for Change in Smartphone Usage
In order to prevent dangers, many states have passed laws prohibited certain aspects of smartphone usage while driving. For instance, drivers may not be able to text while driving or hold their phones to their ears. The intention is for drivers to keep their eyes on the road and practice safe driving.
Whether these laws will be overwhelmingly effective is questionable. Law in enforcement is too involved in other significant things to give sufficient amounts of time catching violators of the smartphone law.
However, the best way to take our power back from smartphones is to simplify usage to the most important factor: making and receiving phone calls only. The ideas states with:
Getting rid of all the apps
It is the apps that are keeping people addicted to their mobile technology. With hundreds of apps integrated into the smartphone, users have a ton of choices to select from. Games, videos, texting, recording, and picture taking are some of the more interesting apps.
But if the technology is stripped down to its bare essentials, consumers will be left on with the ability to give and receive phone calls, utilize a GPS and take a picture or two. In this situation, smartphone technology will be boring. That’s exactly what it should be.
People will pay less attention to their communication devices and perhaps start to recognize and interact with their neighbors who are standing by them. Sociability is the lifeblood of a healthy community or society. We must not allow technology to destroy our opportunity for connection and togetherness.
Money and Obsession
The greatest obstacle to the idea of getting rid of unnecessary apps on mobile technology is the money big tech companies are accumulated on these devices. Bands such as Apple iPhones, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile have generated billions of dollars on improving and creating new apps.
Consumers stand in long lines for the day just to get the new iPhone loaded with all types of apps designed to capture the hearts, minds, and souls of the consumer. Once people become obsessed, the danger of an accident happening becomes more likely, especially if addiction has set in.
The bottom line is that addictive smartphone usage has taken the lives of thousands and threatens to destroy the lives of thousands of more if nothing drastic is done about it. In the meantime, we must be willing to sacrifice our addiction to the smartphone and take our power back, day by day.