This is such a powerful statement because it just shows how a simple change of colors can give a cell phone using the power to control their lives. According to Bowles many of us often get distracted from what we intentionally opened our phones to do because of the internet, specifically social media, deter us. As Bowles made this switch to grayscale it made me realize that he still has a choice to stop my addiction “in a tangible way” (qtd. in Bowles). José De-Sola Gutiérrez along with others authors wrote an excellent peer-reviewed journal called “Cell-Phone Addiction: A Review.” This Journal from Frontiers in Psychiatry is a rigorously peer-reviewed research site with a wide spectrum of translational, basic and clinical research. They claimed that the problematic use of cell phones has been associated with
personality variables (Gutiérrez et al.). For example, in the journal, it stated how the problematic use of cell phones has dramatically impacted us in a negative manner, specifically when pertaining to our self-esteem, our impulsivity, self-identity, and the way we view our self-image. The journal presents how easily cell phones have made its technology so addictive and problematic for our youth and now even adults are becoming hooked. According to Gutiérrez and his colleges’ research, it implied that cell phones enable behavioral problems and disorders, specifically in the youth. This fact has become more and more evident in communications media, such as “Nomophobia” (No-Mobile-Phobia), “FOMO” (Fear Of Missing Out) – the fear of being without a cell phone, disconnected or off the Internet,“Ringxiety” – the false sensation of having received a text message or call that leads to constantly checking the device, and “Textiety” – the anxiety of receiving and responding immediately to text messages (qtd. in Gutiérrez et al.). These were the main causes that were related to cell phone addicts experiences which helps other understand the root of the problem. These behavioral problems and disorders lead to physical and psychological problems, including rigidity and muscle pain that often occurs when an individual spends to much time crouched down looking at their screen. There were also other effects being, “ocular afflictions resulting from “Vision Syndrome that resulted in fatigue, dryness, blurry vision, irritation, ocular redness, auditory and tactile illusions” (Gutiérrez et al.). The illusions people would have would involve the sensation of thinking you hear your phone ringing or even vibrating. In summary of the journal, there is still much work to be done in this field in light of the limitation of its concepts, criteria, and methodologies. Referring to the results disclosed by the journal, it is very likely that we may refer to our cell phone as an object that is highly addictive and allows for problematic and compulsory use in specific situations and contexts.
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