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Essay about Addiction at a Fingertip

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Addiction at a Fingertip
Smoking and alcoholism may be the more obvious addictions that are known throughout our society. But is society overlooking another significant addiction simply because it is not a substance to be consumed by the human body? It seems as though there is an addiction with a growing number of users and these users hold their addiction in the palm of their own hand, almost continuously, in the form of a smart phone. A smart phone may be conceived as only a simple convenience to stay connected with friends and family, however recent studies are proving otherwise. It is an addiction that is almost always and easily available at one's fingertips. Students are lacking in their performance at school, social experiences are
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The addict will attempt these things by any means necessary, even if it means hindering the academic performance of others or themselves. Classroom distractions have always been an ongoing battle for generations but when the distraction becomes an addiction then even the most enjoyable portions of a person's life will be affected. Going out for lunch with friends may be an entirely new scene from what it was pre-smart phone days. A social experience may be less social when 97 % of people admit to using their phones in the presence of friends and family. The addiction people have to their phone is significantly altering the way friends and family communicates with each other. In a study conducted by the International Center for Media & the Public Agenda (ICMPA) a participant reported "Texting and IM-ing my friends gives me a constant feeling of comfort, when I did not have those two luxuries, I felt quite alone and secluded from my life. Although I go to a school with thousands of students, the fact that I was not able to communicate with anyone via technology was almost unbearable" ("A Day Without Media"). An addict of a smart phone may feel that a smart phone keeps them close to friends and family providing them with a sense of security; however, the reality of their addiction is that the security an addict feels is simply a false sense of security. The addiction is actually consuming the addict and
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