The Addiction of Children to their Mobile Phones
The children to their Smartphone addiction could threaten the very fabric of society, a study suggests. Many teenagers are fanatical about being always available and are extremely uneasy if unable to contact their friends countless times each day. If the trend continues, young people will soon be incapable of forming and maintaining relationships without the help of a mobile, the study by a leading sociologist concludes. One British child in four between the ages of five and 16 now has a mobile phone. As well as making calls, youngsters are using their handsets to send millions of text messages to friends each day.
The family sits down to enjoy dinner, but your child ignores the calls to come to the table. When he/she does eventually appear, a cell phone is glued to the hand. The child will continually check the Smartphone, and in some cases withdraw from the act of eating all together, in order to ‘engage’ with the cell phone. Attempts to draw the child into discussion are met with a series of grunts, no’s and excuses – while the child’s eyes won’t leave the little screen in his/her hand. After dinner, the child will once more retreat into his/her bedroom, close the door and spend the hours until bed time getting his/her fix of ‘heaven’ from the little device in his/her possession. Many diverse studies have been undertaken on a global level once it became clear that ‘chatting, cell phone and internet addiction’ were REAL conditions and on the increase. There are too many studies to mention, but results confirm that cell phone addiction needs to be ‘tackled’ in the same way other addictions are.
The Smartphone market has come up with some of the most attractive models for the kids segment. However even if the cell phones are provided with the safety interests in mind, the kids will soon start demanding the higher range and fancy Smartphone that would be next in line. Providing expensive Smartphone to kids would actually attract muggers and threaten your child’s security instead of safeguarding it. Giving Smartphone to kids is actually providing them with an addictive luxury under the guile of a necessity. As for the cons of cell phones, there are many. First and foremost, the parents have to be really sure whether their child is capable of handling the responsibility of carrying a Smartphone. Having a Smartphone might lead the child to all the probable ways in which the Smartphone addiction. It is one thing to make the children comfortable with technology but giving them their very own mobile phone at an early age might turn them into mobile junkies who are Smartphone addicted with constant short messaging, Smartphone games and other add-ons. Also think of it from the health point of view. In a world where we hear reports about excessive use of Smartphone being harmful for the health.
The bottom line is that Smartphone are no longer just tools which could enrich a person’s life; the cell phone itself BECOMES the person’s lifestyle. At this stage it seems the younger generations are more susceptible to Smartphone addiction, although it is certainly NOT limited to them. Many supposed “mature and successful” adults crumble like rotting wood when they are denied access to their Smartphones. The birth and rise of Smartphone has ensured that these devices will continue to attract, hypnotize and control person’s who are susceptible.