Monday, 16 January 2017

Study finds "Tech Addiction" is similar to Drug Cravings

Phones, iPads, everywhere, And all the relationships did sink,
Phones, iPads, everywhere, None can be seen anywhere

Technology has changed our social behavior drastically. We are not concerned about connecting with people in person, but it has become a lot easier for us to connect virtually, where anyone can put on any identity of their choice. The amusing part is, we accept it as it is, without any Ifs and Buts! It is interesting to know how we have a lot to say to each other on text messages, but nothing when we meet the individual in person.

A few months back, I went home for a vacation and while I was busy socializing virtually, my mom asked me to get her a glass of water. Engrossed in my phone, I ignored her. She was sitting in the next room and a few minutes later, she pinged me on WhatsApp asking for a glass of water! We have confined our world to a small gadget that exposes us to an unknown danger.

Why has cyber-crime become so common these days?

Why do we let strangers know about the vacuum in our hearts? We have conditioned ourselves to believe that getting a certain number of thumbs up on a picture means we are socially likeable or having a long list of ‘friends-on-Facebook’, whom we never met or will never meet, makes us socially active! Don’t you feel scared when a notification window pops up on your phone, with a list of suggestions about the places to visit around you, without being asked for it? ‘Google knows everything about you’.

We all have become the hostage of our gadgets. We feel restless when the internet stops working or our phone gets discharged. Hence, to overcome the anxiety, portable chargers and 3G/4G plans on the phones have become a necessity for us.

‘I called my friends to my place to play with their phones.’

I looked up to find everybody stuck to their phone screens with Goggle-Eyes. Gone are the days when kids from the neighborhood went to each other’s house to play verandah cricket and not with their phones or iPads. Numerous times, the room is full of people yet there is a silence. It seems phones and other gadgets have become a necessary stimulus to release dopamine in our bodies!

That day is not far when there will be rehabs mushrooming in every part of the country, especially catering to technology addicts for phone/gadgets detoxification and we will be making them super rich.

Written by Ashna Garg
Ashna grew up in a jazzy town (where she felt she can never fit in), did graduation in economics (where she didn’t fit either) and she writes (where she finally started to feel like she fits in)

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