The researchers discuss that there was a significant negative relationship between conscientiousness and impulsive behavior (Roberts et al.). These findings are important because they show how quickly and serious cell addiction has escalated and is causing us, as a whole, to
Valencia 7 become very dependent on them. Overall, this research extensively covered the emotional instability, introversion, and materialism that is directly associated with cell phone addiction and explains how attentional impulsiveness has caused us to yearn for the arousal, dopamine, from using our cell phones. Like many addictions, getting to the root of the problem may be the best solution to treating cell-phone addiction (Roberts et al.). Learning about what causes and effects of this addition are important to our understanding of the issue. It’s also just as important to recognize how problematic the addiction to the internet and our cell phones is between parents and their children. Are our phones interfering with family relationships? Are the devices that are meant to connect us to our loved ones ruining relationships? What should be done? According to Mike Fisher, founder & director of the British Association of Anger Management and he studied Counselling and humanistic psychology. Fisher has been working in the field of counseling including anger and stress management for the past 20 years, so when it comes to angry parents and children, he has witnessed a lot. Not too long ago he wrote in a Journal of Holistic Healthcare focusing on evidence-based practice and the practical implications of research in holistic health and social care. Fisher soon discovered as human beings we love attention in general. From a parent and child relationship, children are more likely to be drawn in and become attached to their cellular devices if their parents themselves are distracted and not fully present. This is thought-provoking and important to address because Fisher suggests that we are all busy human beings and don’t really take the time to stop and appreciate the little things. For example, giving children our undivided attention is often hard to do when you're buried in your phone. Children tend to get mad when they're forced to depart from the internet because of the stronger connection to it. As Fisher stated in his research journal, “To break this
Valencia 8 vicious circle of withdrawal and anger the solution is for parents to join their children on a journey into emotional intelligence...to find one another through sharing the enjoyment of non- virtual activities” (Fisher). In other words, Fisher suggests that we should get more involved in outdoor activities instead of constantly living in our virtual world. So in the eyes of Fisher, he has discovered that as a society, if we want youths to avoid becoming addicted to the internet we need to mentor and guide them through life’s challenges and advocate for them to live more in the moment.
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- Winter '08
- Cynthia Valencia