There’s no question about it. Smartphones are taking over. They’re more popular than ever and the rise of the smartphone has been directly impacted by their microcosm of amazing functions that have left people, well, with a phone addiction. It’s estimated that 90% of people use their phones while they are sitting on the toilet, and 50% of smartphone users check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up. I think we’ve all felt the urge to pull out our phone when we’re bored or anxious, and I’m here to share with you, why your addicted to your phone.
The history of the smartphone
The smartphone is a fairly new invention, but we’ve been using it for nearly a decade. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that the device is not only changing the way we communicate with each other—it’s changing the way we think and interact with our environment. The smartphone has been around since 2007, and it’s changed a lot since then. The first iPhone was released in 2007, but it took two years before Apple launched the App Store, which made it possible for developers to create apps for their devices. Since then, smartphones have become incredibly sophisticated computers that can be used to do everything from sending emails to playing games or watching videos. And they’re everywhere: according to Pew Research Center data from 2016, 95% of American adults own smartphones and 90% of U.S.-based teens own one as well—that means more than 40% of Americans aged 13-17 have one! So what’s so special about this technology? Why have so many people gotten addicted to their phones?
It’s not just the phone! It’s the apps. Let’s face it: we’re addicted to apps. Why? Because they make our lives easier. With the touch of a button, we can order goods and services, talk to friends and family, entertain ourselves, learn new things, and so much more. Some people say that this is a problem—that we’re all getting too attached to our phones. But what if our phones are a positive thing for humanity? They’re making us more connected with each other around the world, and giving us access to information and entertainment at our fingertips like never before in human history. Sure it’s possible that using your phone will make you dumber in some ways (like if you spend all night browsing YouTube instead of reading a book), but it also might make you smarter (like if you use an app to learn another language).