Why is no one taking their eyes off their phones

You’ve probably seen it while using public transportation. It seems that every young person is doing nothing but clicking, swiping and staring at their phones. Sometimes even when they are hanging out with their friends. A group of friends sitting together while no one is talking sounds pretty absurd. Where has all social interaction gone from the world? Why is no one asking how their friends are doing? Well, all of this information has moved to their phones and it is massively addictive.

Imagine that you would have constant access to all the things your friends, long lost acquaintances or relatives are doing at all times. That is what actually is happening in the phones of young people. They are able to communicate, share moments and fine information about their friends anytime, anywhere. Doesn’t that sound exciting? No wonder really why our youth is addicted. This constant stream of entertainment and information coming from social media and the Internet is something that has never experienced before on earth.

Obviously there are massive benefits to accessing all the information in the world in an instance. Thing such as online universities and massive information banks exist in the Internet. It’s possible to do anything from searching symptoms to sending your loved one a virtual kiss. However, there are also downsides to spending all of your time on social media. Researchers Daria J. Kuss and Mark D. Griffiths[1] suggest that our social media addiction is creating mental health problems for our youth. Everyone is showing their best side in social media. No one ones to share when they are feeling sad or lonely. When they feel like everything is going against them. Those moments aren’t present in social media. So imagine you, as a young person, are locked to your phone looking at nothing but the highlight reels of other people’s lives. It’s easy to become depressed because you think that everyone around you are living these perfect lives. In reality they have as many issues as you do, you just can’t see it in social media.

It’s not all bad that comes out from staring at our phones but it wouldn’t hurt to do something else once in a while. Why not take your grandchildren out in the nature for example? Spending time outside in the nature does wonders for your brain. There is more to life than getting virtual likes for your photos.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3194102/