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A Detached Youth: Where is technology taking us?

Cady Kelly, Journalist

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It is nearly 2015, and over 15 years ago modern technology became a part of everyday culture. That was over 15 years ago and technology continues to grow each day. Smartphones, iPads, and high definition computers are a few examples of the serious technological advancements in the United States. The smartphone is convenience at its absolute finest, but no one seriously considers the effect this modern convenience may have on our culture. Most importantly, the effect it has on the youth.

 

Culture of Distraction

Snapchat, Instagram, Google Chrome, Pinterest, Spotify, Twitter, Facebook, Tumbr, Reddit, YouTube, and a million more ways to tune out the outside world and focus on things that bring distraction and pleasure. The average American accesses the web on their phone 27 times a day. That is more than once every hour. 35% of people check their phone before even getting out of bed.  The average person wakes up synced to their phone, and then goes to bed synced to their phone. The brain of a human being was not constructed to take in the amount of information they do each day by trying to multitask between everyday activities and activities they complete on their phone. Numerous brain-imaging studies have revealed that the brain does not actually multitask: it is rapidly switching its attention between two tasks as quickly as it can. So what does this mean for someone? How does this affect a person’s thought? Well, on average, multitasking makes a person drop 10 IQ points. This makes them 40% less efficient. Imagine the amount of people who think they are multitasking each hour of the everyday because they have a smartphone in their hand.

 

Depression, Addiction, and Detachment

People are becoming less connected to each other and more connected to their phones. Think about the amount of times you are sitting around with your friends and instead of enjoying one another’s’ company each of you are doing something on your phone. Let it be texting your significant other or looking up spider dog video, you are sitting next to someone and barely aware that they are inches away from you. It is already a lonely world, but smartphones make it a lot more lonely. It allows a problem to subside somewhere in our minds while we ignore our environment and distract ourselves with a game or a peek inside other peoples’ world. Technology is a causal factor in rising rates of child depression, anxiety, attachment disorder, attention deficit, bipolar disorder, and psychosis. Why? The youth is detached from the reality of the world and unable to fully understand their environment. This causes frustration and confusion in an already frustrated and confused group of people. Ever heard of child addictions? They have never existed until the last 15 years. Parents attach to technology, detach from their children, and the absence of parental attachment causes children to attach to devices. 1 in 11 children ages 8-18 are addicted to technology. Addiction is a direct cause of depression and depression is the core of detachment.
The world around us is beautiful. Phones and technology are going to continue to be daily factors in the lives of Americans, but restore the classic knowledge that each and every one of us deserves. The change rests in your mind.

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