Social Factors And Social Implications Of Cell Phones

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In this experiment, I wanted to keep track of my phone usage and how that affected my daily tasks and the social implications around cell phones. To do this, I recorded my phone usage and gradually decreased it, from half to zero, and tracked the amount I was using it, my most used apps, and my thoughts and experiences while conducting this experiment. This experiment was conducted over three weeks, with the first week being the control to record how many hours I regularly used my phone, as well as which apps were most used. During the second week, I attempted to cut the average amount of my phone use in half. Lastly, the third week was to test if I could successfully eliminate the use of my phone. I chose to do this experiment because I …show more content…
It was extremely difficult for me distract myself from using my phone, especially when there was nothing else to occupy myself with. I also found myself making up excuses to use my phone, although some were admittedly legitimate. I generally excused myself for using my GPS, or taking a call from my parents, or checking my banking account. However, these valid excuses led to me making excuses for less legitimate things, like playing Pokemon Go, or messaging my friends. Also, there were times where I felt pressured to be on my phone. For example, when I was waiting at the DMV and everyone else in the room was on their phones, it felt extremely awkward for me and almost like I was breaking a norm to not be occupied with my phone while waiting. This happened again when I was outside with friends who were all catching Pokemon, I felt pressured to use my phone and join them, which admittedly, I did …show more content…
I noticed during this experiment that my friends expected me to message back within seconds like I normally would, however, by refraining from using my phone for this experiment, my replies were much slower and infrequent than they would usually be. As a society and a generation that largely has access to smartphones and the ability to message from anywhere at any time, there are social expectations that have evolved for technology in our society. One theoretical lens that is applicable to my experiences throughout this experiment is the Symbolic Interactionism Theory. Cell phones have shaped our society and their significance has heavily impacted our day to day lives. They affect how we communicate with each other and how we interact with the people and environment around us. Cell phones also connect us with the rest of the world, giving us the capability to have access to events that happen across the

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