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The Issues of Phone Addiction

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New age technology has helped us progress further as a planet. But new studies find that an alarming amount of teens and adults feel addicted to their phone. According to a poll conducted by Common Sense Media, 50% of teens feel addicted to their phones.

Nomophobia a term for fearing being without your phone or fear of running out of battery or minutes is a real issue that some teens and adults face. A study released last year shows that smartphone and internet addiction is a real thing and it’s hurting our brains. Those with nomophobia tend to avoid face to face conversations as well as social anxiety and even depression. According to a survey conducted by SecurEnvoy a 2FA (Two Factor Authentication) company 41% of people in the United Kingdom had 2 or more phones to make sure they stay connected. An alarming rate that people need 2 phones so they’re never disconnected.

According to CNN “The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mobile phone use is partial to blame for the distracted driving that kills an estimated nine people each day and injures more than 1,000”. Nate Miller a Green Mountain High School student states “this is scary an addiction to smartphones causes deaths each year and the fact that it’s not just our own generation”. An outstanding 59% of people aged 18-35 reported texting while driving. Even 50% of adults aged 34-45 reported texting while driving according to a study done in 2010 by Pew Research Center.

Alarming to say the least, while older generations are less prone to phone addiction it’s more common in younger generation its effects have proven life-threatening to those while driving. An estimated nine deaths every day are caused by distracted driving. Phone addiction is a real issue and it shouldn’t go unnoticed.

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