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Whats Antisocial, us or Our Phones?
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.