Are Smartphones Making Us Antisocial?
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Whats Antisocial, us or Our Phones?

Whats Antisocial, us or Our Phones? | Are Smartphones Making Us Antisocial? | Scoop.it
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These days, people are all wrapped up in their technology. They use it when they shouldn’t; sometimes it’s dangerous, sometimes it’s rude. Besides this though, I was curious if the devices we use on a daily basis were really changing who we are and how we behave. In particular, my question is “are smartphones making us antisocial?” There is an abundance of information on this topic in the news, as our society’s tech habits and rituals seem to be getting worse. People aren’t as good at multitasking as they think, and they often ignore real interactions to check what’s up online using their fancy new phones. This topic is important these days because almost everyone uses a smartphone, and if they don’t, they probably are one of a select few. I’ve noticed there are a growing number of antisocial people plaguing my day to day routine, and I can’t help but think that it’s related to smartphones. When my comments are ignored while someone checks their phone I wonder what it would be like without smartphones. Are they really what are causing these problems in society?

The answer is yes and no. the articles don’t explicitly state the answer, but they hint at it. Reading between the lines is required. I find it hard to blame a family of devices for the antisocial behavior of a society. In reality, the society had these tendencies within, the devices just accentuated them. I’m not sure how I feel about the saying “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, but I think that “smartphones don’t make people antisocial, people make themselves antisocial” is an easy message to learn from society, the articles I have posted, and from a self-examination of our daily social interactions.

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Erik Marshall's comment, June 12, 2013 7:56 AM
Nice framing of the question.
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The anti-social network

The anti-social network | Are Smartphones Making Us Antisocial? | Scoop.it
Smart phones may be a wonderful innovation but they are undermining our relationships, writes Luke Malone.
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Many people wish they could just get away from it all. Life is short, and we are far too busy to put away our devices that connect us to our responsibilities. It turns out that though, when given the chance people aren’t very likely to let these items go. The story the author tells is humorous, yet it couldn’t be truer. The very devices that bring us the things we despise are also great providers of easy entertainment. The old saying you can’t live with it but you can’t live without it is the message behind the article. A slight correction to “you won’t (choose to) live without it” might be more appropriate though Not being able to live without constantly checking or using a smartphone is what I now believe is causing antisocial behavior in our society.

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Smartphones are anti-social, says Google chief - $htmlTitle

Smartphones are anti-social, says Google chief - $htmlTitle | Are Smartphones Making Us Antisocial? | Scoop.it
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This article is important because it shows that there are credible people who think that smartphones are having an impact on our social lives in non-virtual ways. Many people including myself tend to view opponents to technology as old, old fashioned, or out of touch. Sergey Brin however, is none of these. As a co-founder of Google he is definitely not one who has been stuck in the 20th century anytime lately. He does however see that smart phones are having a negative impact on our society. He put emphasis on using technology to increase our human to human interaction instead of decreasing it. He compared the addiction to smartphones to the addiction to nicotine as well, which I believe is a very powerful thing. 

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Is Social Networking Making Us Antisocial?

Is Social Networking Making Us Antisocial? | Are Smartphones Making Us Antisocial? | Scoop.it
Today the media is not what it used to be. Communication in the past was simple and meaningful. Before the internet there were limited sources of information we had to rely on. The culture was then...
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This article is great because of the perspective it is written from. The author is on the fence about the subject, and is focused on awareness of the subject rather than attacking the concept of social networking. It’s also great because it addresses the issue from a different angle. My main question is smartphones making us antisocial. The truth is though, that social networks are probably where smartphone users spend most of their time. The article reaches to the core of the issue and uses comparisons from past generations. The examples are also particularly relevant since it’s easy to assume that almost all the depicted incidents happened while someone was using a mobile device. The article also does a good job of explaining that our time spent online cuts directly into our time spent face to face.

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Cell phone statistics that may surprise you

Cell phone statistics that may surprise you | Are Smartphones Making Us Antisocial? | Scoop.it
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Today cell phones are the norm. Not too many years ago though, the concept of a small multipurpose device easily affordable to most people was only a dream. In the past few decades the number of users has grown exponentially, and there is no end in sight. This article is important for understanding the logistics of my question. Are cell phones making people antisocial? The facts illustrate how widespread users and bad cell phone habits are throughout the world. It also goes to show that there are very few people who actually don’t have a phone, despite the large number of complaints about their negative social effects. There’s also some great statistics on public opinion of cell phone habits which should probably be frowned upon.

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Is Your Cell Phone Making You a Jerk? | TIME.com

Is Your Cell Phone Making You a Jerk? | TIME.com | Are Smartphones Making Us Antisocial? | Scoop.it
Cell phones connect you socially, but they may also make you less socially minded.
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In this article, the author uses data to suggest that the antisocial aspect of cell phones stems from making people feel connected. Apparently after using or even thinking about a cell phone, people feel more connected or closer to others. This closeness almost allows people to meet their social quota for the day quicker, thus causing antisocial habits later on. I had never really thought about the issue from this perspective. The author acknowledges that the phones bring people closer, but suggests that this makes cell phone users fell like they don’t really need to be more social. I like how this article didn’t focus on the fact that most smartphones make people antisocial because they are in the zone staring at their own screen too busy to interact. 

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How Cell Phones Are Killing Face-to-Face Interactions | Mediashift | PBS

How Cell Phones Are Killing Face-to-Face Interactions | Mediashift | PBS | Are Smartphones Making Us Antisocial? | Scoop.it
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In this article, the reality of our smartphone epidemic is revealed. I think the examples are particularly vivid. These occurrences happen every day, and we as a society are conditioned to accepting them. When I took the time to actually examine the implications of the events, I had a different opinion though. This article really made me slow down and evaluate the implications of some of my worst cell phone habits. I can really see how some are viewed as rude by others. If I didn’t have a smartphone to constantly entertain myself, I would not only feel left out, but ignored as a result of everyone else posting on twitter and texting their friends. The article talks about killing the real moment for a virtual one. I think most people can definitely relate to killing a moment with some electronic interaction.

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Mary Crissman's curator insight, January 17, 2014 8:58 AM

Cell phones arent totally killing face-to-face interactions but it shows how the cell phone does affect peoples communication with each other.