Why phone addiction is hurting our generation, literally


My cell phone looks as though it’s from the cave man era.

There’s nothing fancy or complicated about it. It serves two simple purposes, texting and calling, and generally I’m content with that.

I never spend hours staring at it hoping it will give me the answers to all of my life’s problems because as far as I’m concerned it will never be smarter than I am.

Smartphones on the other hand promise just that. They promise to be your go-to source of information, keeping you connected 24 hours a day without fail.

Every other day new versions encourage general laziness even more. Now you don’t even need to lift a finger to get information, you just have to ask whatever’s on your mind and it’ll tell you what to do from there thanks to the iPhone 4S.

Walking across campus there is a trend amongst students that is hard to ignore.

When your cell phone is more important to you than watching your step or engaging in a conversation amongst your peers, you know you have a serious problem. You’re in a committed relationship with your cellphone, and your tight grip reminds it how much you care every single day.

Accidents involving cellphone usage are becoming a commonplace occurrence and not just behind the wheel of a car.

A few years ago a friend of mine took a tumble while attempting to text and walk, the iPhone walked away unscathed, he on the other hand fared for the worse.

According to a study conducted by Ohio State University, more than 1,000 pedestrians visited emergency rooms in 2008 because they were distracted and tripped, fell or ran into something or someone while using a cellphone to talk or text.

British telephone directory service 118118 has even decided to protect walking multitaskers against themselves by wrapping lampposts in thick padding to prevent injury.

Cell Phone Elbow syndrome is now a commonly diagnosed injury due to the advancement of the digital age. This aliment known as cubital tunnel syndrome is caused by prolonged use of one’s cell phone and the symptoms generally include pain in the ring finger and the pinky, and a numbing and tingling sensation in the elbow area.

The distraction of cellphone usage doesn’t only apply to walking, according to a New York Times article a 68-year-old man fell off of his porch while talking on a cellphone. He sprained a thumb and an ankle and suffered from dizziness.

The advantages of a smartphone are great. You no longer have to find the nearest computer to check your email or Facebook, however it’s important to draw a line between one’s dependence on technology and the ability to disconnect.

Personally I find life a lot simpler when I’m not being constantly bombarded by emails, updates and text messages. It gives me a chance to contemplate life beyond technology.

So next time you begin your texting while walking to class ritual be aware of the potential dangers that could possibly ensue.