The Negative Effects Of Smartphones On Australian Society

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Social media platforms have influenced the way Australians view themselves and communicate; for instance, Facebook promotes social inclusion, but also hinders social skillsets. Facebook is often used in conjunction with smart-phones, which may also alter the way in which Australians observe themselves and others, smart-phones have had a profound impact on communication and behaviour. This century, the increasing use of mobile technologies and social media platforms has impacted on Australian society in a number of ways, this essay will discuss both the beneficial and detrimental effects of Facebook and smart-phones. On the one hand, the personality, identity, and mental health of Australians may be affected by Facebook. The increase in smart-phone …show more content…
Smartphones are increasingly being utilized for various internet based applications and media outlets, such as Facebook, which produced the greatest amount of internet traffic as of 2013 (Indian & Grieve 2014). Smart-phones are prevalent amongst teenagers and young adults, and vulnerable individuals may be becoming dependent on smart-phones (Harwood et al. 2014); in addition, excessive calling and texting has been linked to depression, anxiety and stress. Roberts, Pulling and Manolis (2015) argue that anxiety sufferers may be overusing their smart-phones, which can lead to addictive behaviours. The research confirms that materialism and emotional instability are directly linked to smartphone addiction. Symptoms of anxiety and depression are provoked by excessive smart-phone use, and consequently excessive internet use, which has become commonplace amongst smart-phone users (Harwood et al. 2014). Pearson and Hussain (2015) confirm that Australians are becoming increasingly dependent on smart-phones, this poses certain health risks and social problems. Australians that have become dependent on smart-phones show some signs of social isolation, anxiety, and depression when access is removed or significantly limited; in addition, smart-phone users show a marked reduction in inhibitions when communicating via text in comparison to traditional settings (Harwood et al. 2014). Australians, particularly young adults, may be becoming unconsciously dependent on their smart-phones. This may negatively affect interpersonal relationships in addition to academic and workplace performance (Roberts, Pulling & Manolis 2015). The weakening of interpersonal relationships online can also be seen (Harwood et al. 2014);

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