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Why do so many people rely heavily on cell phones, and even addiction? Jan 16, 2018

Today, people's communication, travel, accommodation, work and entertainment are all inseparable from the cell phone, the small screen, hidden a fantastic world, so that people are deeply trapped in it, unable to extricate themselves.

When the mobile phone was first invented, the original intention of scientists was to break the barriers of space and to make it easier for people to communicate with each other. Now, however, people have become its slaves, more and more alienated from each other. All this should be a sobering phrase, science and technology is a double-edged sword.


▍ How much time do people spend on their cell phones every day?


take China as an example. In the early hours of June 1, 2017, Mary Meeker, a Wall Street securities analyst with the title of "Queen of the Internet," released the 2017 Internet Trend Report at the Code Conference in the United States. The report shows that in 2016 China's mobile Internet users in China exceeded 700 million (CNNIC data as of June 2017, the size of China's mobile Internet users reached 724 million). According to the China Institute of Information and Communication Research, shipments in China's handset market in 2017 were 490 million units, meaning that almost one in three Chinese changed their handsets last year. This shows that mobile phones have become very popular in China and have become indispensable products for most people's lives.



The report also shows that in 2016, China's mobile users daily online length of more than 2.5 billion hours, converted, the average daily spending on mobile phones more than three hours. And in 2017, as mobile games heat up, the amount of time people stare at the screen every day increases only.




▍ What are you playing on your cellphone every day?


Empress's report also shows that the most frequently used Chinese daily applications are WeChat, QQ, YOUTOBE, browsers and Weibo. Chinese users spend 3.1 billion hours a day on mobile applications, while Optical WeChat accounts for 900 million hours.




See these data, people can not help but emerge in my head such a picture: three or four o'clock in the morning is still still aimlessly brushing micro channel, and sometimes awakened could not help turning over to open the phone to continue brushing, the next morning Wake up is to open the phone to see if anyone is looking for, late night circle of friends and updated what ... ...




Such as the red light, the subway, eating, chatting and even when the couple intimacy ... ... almost every moment we have a moment can not help but want to open the phone, even if you do not do anything, just lit the screen, paddling a few , Then turn off the screen. Some people even feel the cell phone power shortage uncomfortable, do not play cell phones one day like to have their own lives.


▍ Why do people bored with cell phones everyday?


Mobile phones not only consume a lot of our daily routine, but also deeply affect our contact with other people: family together, not to talk happily, but to watch their own computers and mobile phones; friends gatherings, not gossip year, but desperate In the brush weibo and friends circle; class time, the teacher in the podium punchline, the students are playing games under the watch video; meeting, the boss said the annual plan, the people are busy back to the mail, send messages ...



Known by Kevin Kelly as "Floyd" in technology, Sherry Turkle, a leading social psychologist in human-technology relations, attributes these phenomena to "group solitude" We seem to be together, but actually live in their own "bubbles." We look forward to fewer others and look forward to more technology. Uninterrupted contact, whether to make mankind caught in a deeper loneliness?


In February 2012, Shirley Turkel once again boarded the TED's Podium, giving us a speech that profoundly explores the relationship between people and science and technology: "Always keep in touch, but still feel lonely (Connected, but alone? ) ". Shirley Turkel, in her speech, summed up the three big misconceptions that make people obsessed with cell phones or other electronic products: First, we can allocate energy to whatever we want to focus on. Second, someone will always listen to us. Third, We will never be alone.


We can allocate energy to whatever we want to focus on


We used to think it was a curious or annoying thing to do when we were in class and having a cell phone while eating. People are always hoping to stay with each other and at the same time "elsewhere" - connect to wherever they want to go, and people are used to being "so alone" because the most important thing for them is controlling And distribute their energy.



As one netizen JZeng said, we rely not on cell phones, but on the entire world connected by cell phones. Technology keeps us connected to the world anytime, anywhere, just as we breathe air. That tempting world is obviously more attractive than the people and things around them - until they are lost.


Someone will always listen to us


"No one can get enough attention from each other, no matter what generation." We have countless automatically generated "listeners" in weibo and friends circles, and the feeling that no one is willing to listen makes us More willing to stay with our machines that seem to care about us.



Perhaps many hope that one day, a newer version of Siri, the Apple Voice Assistant for iPhone, will be more like a good friend, a close friend who listens patiently when no one else pays attention to you.


We will never be alone


People come to this world nakedly, and go naked, the vast twists and turns of the mind, the brain a thousand turns, who really understand? Loneliness is an irresolvable and eternal proposition of mankind.


Why do not you talk face to face?


Shirley Turkel had asked why people did not talk face to face? Someone replied: Because face-to-face conversations happen in real time, you can not control what you're saying. Yes, through the smart phone, we in the circle of friends, microblogging to present themselves are edited, modified, retouched and deleted to achieve what we want to become like. You will be in a panic once face-to-face, you will not say anything, and you will make minor mistakes so that we are not perfect in the eyes of others.


But can these tiny, brief, live, online episodes be combined with true conversations? "No, the exchange of this small snippets of information may collect well-groomed information, but it's hard to get us to know each other and really understand and understand each other."


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The advent of cellphones has brought countless conveniences to us, but it has also allowed the warmth of this world to fade away. Immersed in social software every day, with a little praise to maintain the feelings of crumbling, one after another laughing behind the expression package you, really happy?


▍ conclusion


Along the way, cell phones are just a small tool obsessed with the long history of mankind. We have also been obsessed with television, computers, we will obsessed with the future, no one in the heart of the spectrum. Neil Postman, the critic who worries in his classic 1985 book Entertainment to Death, never dies: human beings are vassals of entertainment, complacent, and even willing, The result is that we have become a fun-to-death species.


Every day we constantly brush, send friends circle, so that those who did not matter occupy all of life. "I share, so I exist"? No, just let go of the phone and you will understand "Sometimes you want to prove it to 10,000 people, but in the end you discover that only one person understands that's enough."


We are not saying that we should completely abandon the mobile phone, abandon all the indulging electronic products, and return to the era of "old slow". "I just suggested that we should build more self-aware relationships with electronic devices and with others and ourselves," says Shirley Turkel.