Addiction Of Cell Phone Addiction

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According to an article published by Alabama State University, “Life is what happens when your smartphone is charging ”, suggesting that the modern cell phone, or smartphone, has become increasingly popular among most Americans daily lives. One reason cell phones have become popular is the numerous advantages that they offer; information can be accessed in seconds, communication is faster than ever, the list goes on. Cell phones have even become an integral part of learning (Cell Phones). Despite the numerous advantages of having a cell phone, the use of such a device can be addicting. Some might say that the Millennials of our society have a cell phone addiction. Recent studies have been conducted to observe and to determine what smartphone addiction is. From one recent study it has been surmised that using phones: causes attention spans to be shorter, social interaction to change, and stress levels to increase. These observations were of Michelle Hackman; a high school student who was was runner up for the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search. She coordinated a study on how teenagers react when they do not have their smartphone. Her prediction was that if people were addicted to their phones, then being without them would cause withdrawal symptoms. One common symptom of withdrawal is anxiety. Hackman’s experiment involved high school students to spend forty-five minutes alone in a room. Half of them were allowed to keep their phone, while the other half had to leave their phones outside the room. Michelle’s prediction was that the half without their phones would feel anxious. However, her prediction was wrong. The half that had their phones were, in fact, the ones with anxiety. Many of the kids, particularly the ones without phones, fell asleep. This data led Hackman to believe that the boredom the subjects felt was caused by “under stimulation.” To use Michelle’s words, “When communication "overload" becomes normal, life without it becomes communication "underload”’(qtd. In Argentine). Or in other words, when the rush of messages or notifications finally cease, it is not enough stimulation to keep a mind occupied. It has been proven that receiving a text message releases dopamine; a stimulant that deals

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