PI Girls, there’s no denying that social media has influenced most of society—and the world. Many people are addicted to their phones, games and social media. I have a question for you PI readers who are in school: Does your cell phone help your studying or distract you?
There are many benefits to having technology, because you can quickly look up information and are able to increase your knowledge faster, but are the devices we’re so attached to disarming us and taking away our focus from what’s important?
I think that cell phones, laptops and iPads are great tools and are influential in spreading the Gospel and helping people. But there is also a downside to technology, which is that it’s highly addictive, and some have no monitor over it.
In The Huffington Post, a recent article stated that research shows that people may be addicted to their cell phones. The article is entitld “Our Creepy Attachment to Cell Phones Could Be an Addiction” by Anna Almendrala. One point the author made was:
“A recent study published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions found that female college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cell phones, while male students report spending nearly eight. The study also found that about 60 percent of study participants think they may be addicted to their cell phones.”
Another great insight from the article was by James Roberts, a professor of marketing at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business.
“Cell phones have become inextricably woven into our daily lives—an almost invisible driver of modern life,” Roberts concluded in his study. “It is incumbent upon researchers to identify the all-important ‘tipping point’ where cell-phone use crosses the line from a helpful tool to one that enslaves both users and society alike.”
There are different reasons we use our cell phones and we use them for a lot of different parts of our lives. For example, we use the alarm clock, navigation apps, the camera; some use Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other networks; and there’s also instant messaging and the calendar feature.
It’s great to remain organized, plugged in socially and informed. Overall, there’s nothing wrong with using these tools, but it becomes dangerous when we depend solely on our phones for information or we can’t wait to see our news feed, or we become uncomfortable if we don’t hold our phone for five minutes.
This article is to not only bring awareness, but is also a message to use caution and discernment. Maybe you can give yourself a set time when you silence your phone while studying, or possibly shut it off completely for an hour or two when in the library. It may be healthy to go exercise WITHOUT the phone and your music playlist, and be free in your workout. Another idea is to close your Bible app and possibly pick up the real thing. Forgot about CDs? You can go for a drive and listen to the radio or make a CD mix. Seriously, we survived without our phones before, and we can challenge ourselves to set boundaries.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be in the cafeteria or at the dinner table with no phones or any technology on? No one really does anything about it because there are no limits or boundaries. I believe this creates an unhealthy aspect to relationships because sometimes you cannot fully focus on the people you are with, and vice versa, if the phone is alerting you all the time.
Let’s create better boundaries for our relationships, our study time, our workout routines and a better society overall.
Read another article on the topic from The Huffington Post called “Our Obsessive Relationship With Technology” by Dr. Larry Rosen.
Do you think we can help make a change and not be so distracted by addictive apps and gadgets? Comment below if you think cell phones are more distracting or helpful!