Lesson 2 of 11
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The modern world has introduced many wonderful inventions that have made life more convenient.

Household chores that once took all day to complete can be finished within an hour; traveling far distances that once took weeks to cross now take a matter of hours. Letters that may have taken months for a loved one to receive, if they weren’t lost in transit, can be substituted for a clear and almost instantaneous text message.

 Perhaps most conveniently, the average person can research any question they have in an instant. With computers and smartphones, a person has the entire history and collection of human knowledge at their fingertips. All you have to do is ask Siri or Google, and you can earn yourself a good-old-fashioned “YouTube Degree!”

Yet as spectacular as these technological achievements are, there are of course pitfalls that come with such an amazing ability. No one can have it all, and there must be drawbacks. Nothing is for free, as they say, and this is certainly the case with an increase in technology being apart of everyone’s daily life.

As freeing and liberating as having access to a smartphone can be, it is also very confining and damaging. A phone can be addicting, in all honesty. These are more than just concerns and grudges against the new era; these claims are indeed backed by scientists and mental health specialists.

No one could have possibly predicted that this would be an issue. Technological advances are almost always intended to provide a solution to a problem that exists in society.

 It is doubtful that at the birth of the mobile phone innovation process, inventors intended for such harmful side effects as depression, addiction, poor hygiene, and other conditions that will be discussed below, would spread across an entire generation.

 Regardless of the original intentions, the inventors of cell phones had in mind, the influence these devices have over people is very apparent.

Again, while people from older generations might be skeptical that such a seemingly trivial thing can create a phobia, this is a real phenomenon. Any parent raising children in the modern age might have an inkling of this feeling, if they have ever taken away their child’s tablet or cell phone as a punishment. And what always happens? The child will throw the fit of all fits, perhaps even escalating into a panic attack because they can’t handle not having access to their mobile device.

 Many parents might view this as simply a child being possessive of a shiny new toy, but this is a much deeper issue than simply wanting to have something. This is a need to have something, a need that consumes the individual to the point of obsession.

There is a crisis, especially among the young, revolving around phone addiction.