Connected To Phones, Disconnected From Reality

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Connected To Phones, Disconnected From Reality

High School student gets distracted on his phone.

High School student gets distracted on his phone.

High School student gets distracted on his phone.

High School student gets distracted on his phone.

Daniel Barrientos, Discoverer Staff Writer

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Today, we spend an average of six hours a day, forty hours a week and one hundred sixty hours a month, exclusively connected to our smartphones. On a bigger scale, an average person can spend more than 6 years of their lives on social media. These are just simple calculations, but they have great meaning when understanding just how much time is slipping past us without us even realizing it.

In today’s modern world, we have become trapped in an endless cycle of social satisfaction and addiction to apps that do not deserve our time, that do not produce anything positive in response and that do not let us go on with our active lives.

The time wasted on smartphones on a daily basis is exponentially increasing by the twist of every minute, reaching dangerous levels of addiction.

The problem surrounding social media and smartphone addiction has reached such a high level of concern, that the World Health Organization (WHO) has been obligated to conduct a series of investigations to deal with the problem.

“WHO has been conducting activities related to the public health implications of addiction to the Internet, computers, smartphones and similar electronic devices…The problem has reached the magnitude of a significant public health concern.”

After hearing from an organization as important as the (WHO), we can become aware that the situation is reaching beyond our control and that from a health standpoint, it has become relevant to our health.  

The reality is that with each day that passes by, we do nothing more than immersing ourselves in a dangerous, artificial world where we get nothing positive in response.

The abuse of smartphones and social media can have a negative effect on our personal lives too, on our goals and social relationships.

I can say this personally because I have definitely felt the stress that social media projects on its users. I unconsciously became attached to my device. I found myself constantly refreshing my feed to see what was new even if there was nothing to see. I did not realize it at first, but at this point, I had become another addicted user.

I had begun to reject social interaction, normal conversations, and other natural activities in exchange for my being on my phone. Realizing this, I took action. I deleted all of my social media for 30 days. Suddenly I felt free, I didn’t feel stressed, I was relieved. Knowing I had the solution to my anxiety in my hands I felt the need to communicate it.

While on social media, transform into a state of mind where we are not aware of our surroundings and we transform our bodies in an absent entity, without a concrete heading, free from self-awareness and productive thoughts.