Cellphone Addiction

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Advancements in computer technology has increased the potential of learning all over the world, but for some people, technology has infatuated their lives. One of the most widely used technology is the pocket-sized, personal computer, also known as the smartphone. Smartphones, or cellphones are in the hands of millions of people and there are those that seem attached to their phones twenty-four-seven. This attachment can be widely referred to as “cellphone addiction”, but the term, “addiction” has a negative connotation that is mainly used to describe substance addictions. Therefore, an excess of cellphone use that leads to an attachment or dependence can be accurately described as an obsession; cellphone obsession has contributed to conflicts …show more content…
The idea of a behavioral addiction, relates to cellular addiction since it is not a substance, but how people behave with their cellphones. Moreover because of the negative connotation and disputes over the term “addiction”, the idyllic phrase to describe excessive cellphone usage should be “cellphone obsession.” Obsession has no association to drug related scenarios, the dictionary definition for obsession does not mention any kind of drugs, “An activity that someone is very interested in or spends a lot of time doing” (Merriam-Webster.com). Obsession is quantified by time, which is the dominant component in excessive cellphone usage. A survey conducted at a major university in Texas revealed an obscene amount of cellphone usage among the college students. According to the study, young women spend ten hours per day on their phones and young men spend about seven and a half hours on their phones per day (Roberts 257). The research supports the definition of obsession is an accurate description for excessive cellphone usage. Cellphone obsession is immensely time consuming, this kind of behavior is affecting how people communicate with loved ones and …show more content…
Excessive cellphone usage has altered social life by creating conflicts among relationships and making it difficult to form new relationships. Nonetheless, the phrase “cellphone addiction” to describe this phenomenon is inadequate and has a misleading and negative connotation. Cellphone obsession is an accurate description of this new kind of human behavior relating to excessive cellphone

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