Smartphones have definitely changed us. It has given everything on our fingertips and made our life so easy. It has made information gathering so easy and it has made conversations easy ( or have it ?). But it also has made us isolated. From a society that thrived as different groups we have become individual islands. From the drawing room to bedroom we are isolated. You hear instances about divorces because of smartphone and they are not isolated instances.
Some urban areas are capitulating with infrastructure to coddle the phone obsessed. Meanwhile, mental health professionals lobby to include mobile phone and technology addiction in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders.
There is no doubt about it—we are in the midst of a smartphone zombie plague.
In November 2015, “smombie” became Germany’s official Youth Word of the Year. This combination of “smartphone” and “zombie” reflects a genuine threat to public safety. After multiple phone-related tram accidents, Augsburg installed traffic lights at ground level.
So far, two stations are equipped with the experimental illumination. Reaction is mixed to the spread of 16 red LED lights. A resident noted, “The lights are ideal for kids, who notice them immediately.”
A recent study of European capitals discovered that one-quarter of people between 25 to 35 years old are glued to phone screens while walking.
9 Smartphone Addiction
New York psychotherapist Nancy Colier recently released The Power of Off, a work exploring the negative impact of smartphone overreliance. According to Colier, the average person checks their phone every six minutes—or 150 times a day. Young adults send over 100 texts per day, and 46 percent consider their phone something that they “couldn’t live without.”
Researchers at the University of Maryland recently discovered that the majority of students in 10 counties experienced distress when they tried to unplug for 24 hours. One in three revealed that they would rather give up sex than their smartphones.
The health risks are serious. “Without open spaces or downtime, the nervous system never shuts down—it is in constant fight-or-flight mode,” warned Colier. “We are wired and tired all the time. Even computers reboot, but we’re not doing it.” Colier points out that real-life connections provide us with nourishment. Digital ones leave us lacking.
8 The Perils Of Pokemon Go
Pokemon Go was a smash success. However, within one week of the game’s launch in July 2016, reports of the peril facing players flooded the media. The scavenger hunt design led gamers into the real world in search of Pokemon characters.
Many found more than they bargained for. Shayla Wiggins of Wyoming stumbled across a festering corpse on a riverbank. In Missouri, thieves honed in on the app’s geolocation feature to ambush unsuspecting players.
In January 2017, a 60-year-old Virginia gamer was shot dead by a security guard. Jiansheng Chen played Pokemon Go from his minivan near Chesapeake’s River Walk clubhouse. A security guard approached, a confrontation ensued, and five bullets were fired through the van’s windshield.
7 Chongqing’s Smartphone Lane
In September 2014, Chongqing, China, opened a separate sidewalk for smartphone users. For now, the lane is separated by white spray paint from the thoroughfare for “busy” people.
Some see the spray paint as a primitive iteration of a technology that will evolve into alerts that users have ventured beyond the “phone zone.” The 30-meter (100 ft) lane is accompanied by a sign reading: “First mobile phone sidewalk in China.” Where are evolving to . Is this the solution and will this solve the issue ?
6 Sweden’s Smartphone Problem
Over the past decade, hundreds of Swedish pedestrians have been injured while glued to their smartphones. In May 2016, the Swedish Transport Agency announced that no less than 650 Swedes had been injured so seriously in smartphone-related accidents that they required emergency care.
“The most common and most serious is that they get hit by motor vehicles,” revealed agency spokesperson Tomas Fredlund. “Almost as common is that they walk into lampposts, but the injuries aren’t as serious then.”
5 Phantom Phone Alerts
Almost everyone has experienced it. You feel a buzz or hear a ding, but when you check your phone—it’s blank. These phantom phone alerts may be a sign of smartphone addiction—and neurosis.
University of Michigan’s Daniel Kruger revealed, “When people have addictions, they are hypersensitive to a rewarding stimulus.” Kruger and his team recruited nearly 800 undergraduates. First, the participants filled out a Ten Item Personality Inventory test. Then they discussed experiences with phantom alerts before they were given a survey called the Mobile Phone Problem Use Scale.
Kruger discovered that those who tested higher for conscientiousness and emotional stability were less at risk for phone addiction. Women reported higher rates of dependency than men.
4 Seoul Smartphone Obsession
In 2016, Seoul officials announced that smartphone-related traffic accidents had tripled in the past five years. They did not have data on pedestrian incidents, but the number was high enough to raise the concern of city officials.
South Korea has the world’s highest rate of smartphone ownership—with 88 percent of adults possessing these devices. Chongshin University’s Hyun-Seob Cho reports, “Research shows 15 percent of smartphone users in South Korea are addicted.”
Cho warns that the key symptoms of the addiction are feeling like the phone is an extension of your body and feeling nervous without it. In extreme cases, people are hesitant to shower without their smartphones.
3 Dutch Pavement Lights
In February 2016, a Dutch town announced the introduction of pavement lights at pedestrian crossings to guide “smartphone zombies” safely across. The lights have been installed on a trial basis in Bodegraven at a busy intersection near a school.
The light strips are designed to be seen by people who have their eyes glued to devices. The colors correspond to traffic signals—green for go, red for stop. Town council member Kees Oskam revealed that smartphone distraction has come “at the expense of attention to traffic.” Something needed to be done.
2 Hong Kong’s Head-Down Tribe
According to Ipsos Group research, more than 80 percent of Hong Kong residents between the ages of 15 and 34 own a smartphone. Screen obsession has become so rampant that a Cantonese expression has developed to describe the phenomenon: dai tau juk (“head-down tribe”).
The head-down tribe is having massive ramifications in Hong Kong. In February 2015, neurosurgeon Harold Cheng Kin-ming warned that head tilting from smartphone usage caused increased hospitalizations from excessive pressure on cervical vertebrae.
1 Child Road Death Spike
In February 2017, the British Department for Transport reported that smartphone usage is leading to a spike in child road deaths. Child-pedestrian casualty data showed an increase of 6 percent in deaths and serious injuries between July and September 2016, compared to the same time period the previous year. This means that there should be a lot more stress to this demographic profile and parents and responsible adults should make sure kids dont get exposed to smartphones early in their life. Let them have a normal childhood where they play with their friends and talk with their parents.
Source : Listverse