Have you ever felt like it’s time to just turn your phone off and take a break for a couple of days? Have you ever considered deleting your social media accounts and going back to a time when you didn’t see every picture, when you didn’t know everything that everyone was doing?
You’re not alone. When smartphones first came out, people were astounded by the technology and the possibilities. As those aspects have only gotten better, though, they’ve also discovered a serious downside. Smartphones are incredibly addicting, they can be overwhelming, and it’s just getting worse.
As one industry expert put it: “Smartphones are increasingly addictive and distracting, and as a result it’s getting harder for people to pay attention to what they’re doing.”
This is a problem in many areas of life. Distracted parents spend less time with their kids; distracted workers are far less productive than they need to be. But one area where the impact has been very clear is on the road.
After all, the addictive nature of the phones makes them very hard to put down, even when you know you shouldn’t use them. You’re used to checking every notification as soon as it shows up. You’re used to responding to every text message as soon as you get it; if you don’t, people may even start to wonder if something is wrong.
Is this smartphone addiction the reason that car accidents are so common? Distracted drivers cause a lot of avoidable wrecks and put people in the hospital. In fact, there’s been a 14 percent spike in roadway fatalities over a two-year period, which many experts believe is directly tied to smartphone use.
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