We Look At Smartphones Too Much

May 30, 2013 at 4:29 am Leave a comment

Every day as I ride the bus through Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Costa Mesa, I see the masses plugging away at the Smartphones.  It seems that we see people addicted to them.  No longer do you find people reading a long novel  on the bus. Rather, you just see looking at 4-inch screen and squinting their eyes at the screen.  I have to confess that I am addicted to the social media and Smartphone craze.  However, I am concerned that our addiction to the smartphones is entering into a full-blown addiction.  As reported by CBS Washington,

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A new study finds that Americans spend nearly one hour looking at their smartphones each day.

According to data collected by Experian Marketing Services’ Simmons Connect, the average U.S. adult spends 58 minutes on their phones on a daily basis. On average, smartphone owners devote 26 percent of the time they spend on their phone talking and another 20 percent texting.

Social networking consumes 16 percent of smartphone time while browsing the mobile web accounts for 14 percent of time spent. Emails and gaming account for nearly 10 percent of daily smartphone use. Camera use and GPS tack on another 2 percent of phone time.

There are differences between use of the iPhone and Android.

Users of the iPhone spend more time on their devices a day (26 minutes more) but a smaller percentage of time talking and surfing the Web than their Android counterparts and more time texting and snapping photographs.”

An hour a day.  That means that we spend an hour each day in front of our cell phones and people like me who don’t have cars have to spent longer on the cell phones.   

 

What happened the good old days of reading a newspaper or a long novel.  I believe that those days are over as we began to substitute our reading for pleasure for texting and tweeting.  And of course, I am guilty as hell for this addiction.  

Do we have to work the 12 step program to wean ourselves off our smartphones addiction and return to the days of reading glossy print novels?  I am not concerned about myself because I read a lot of news everyday so I read a lot, but there are a lot of  teenagers who losing the art of long attention span and ability to read long passages

I guess I am going to admit to my sponsor that I have a smartphone addiction and I need to work the steps to resolve this issue. 

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