The Rise of Smartphones Overtaking Our Lives
By Rishi Nachnani
The launch of the first Apple iPhone in 2007 has had a great impact on society and the technological improvements continue to shape our behavior today. Smartphones have revolutionized the world, as there is a desire to stay connected more than ever before.
The all-inclusive smartphone has a countless amount of uses. It’s used as an alarm, camera, gaming device, an easy way of communication, and so much more. Smartphones are essentially mini computers, used mainly to browse the web and post on social media.
Many argue that smartphones and internet usage brings people closer together. People can stay in touch much more easily and publicly display their lives with the rise of Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, all changing society since the initial release of the smartphone.
Smartphones are also very prevalent in classrooms today. In almost every class you’ll find a student doing something on their phone, whether it’s class-related or not.
Social studies teacher Evan Underwood-Jett shed some light on the smartphone situation in classrooms.
“Like most teachers, it’s a struggle to make sure students are on task while using smartphones,” he said. “I think it can be a really good tool in the classroom and give students the ability to look things up that they’re curious about, and if it was limited to that, I’d absolutely love it.”
Junior Andres Felix has his own views on smartphone usage.
“It keeps everyone connected. I talk to family members on social media I wouldn’t usually be in touch with, which is good,” said Felix.
While social media does have many positive impacts, it also can make the community feel more isolated. When people hang out with their friends or spend time with family, many feel the urge to use their devices and check news and social media updates, in an attempt to stay connected. This can disconnect people to what is right in front of them.
“I feel left out when I don’t have my phone because I think that I might be missing a text or call that could be important social wise and it gives me a feeling of anxiety,” Felix said.
Countless amounts of people experience this same feeling when they’re not in possession of their smartphone. This has led to a huge concern of not living in the moment. Days feel like they’re going by quicker because of the amount of time spent on smartphones. Many people are losing track of time and spend a large portions of the day spent Snapchatting and streaming videos.
“Time goes by quickly when you’re just lost in your phone,” said sophomore Tyler Abreu. “Some kids just use it for social media but others learn from it. I’m probably on my phone for more than half of the day.”
Communication skills among people have been diminished as consumers use their smartphones more and more. The phrases “Google it” or “Ask Siri” have been coined over the past decade and help guide people toward the immediacy of information. Almost any information people desire can be found with the click of a button. It’s amazing to think of what people would have imagined the capabilities of smartphones being 15 to 20 years ago. Nobody would have imagined something like what we see today, which has become the norm.