Nowadays, it seems that everyone is connected. Connected to email, connected to Facebook and Twitter, connected to weather updates, but most importantly, people have become completely connected to their mobile phones. This connection has become so intense that it has changed the way people live and communicate with one another. Something as simple as planning a meal with friends has become almost impossible without the help of a text message or call from a mobile phone. Communication between family, friends, and even strangers has become reliant on these technological devices.
As a college student, everything I do requires my mobile phone. In the morning, I use my smart phone to check the weather, update my Facebook status, and send a text message to a friend to see if she wants to get lunch. During the day, I am constantly connected to my email, family and friends, and without my phone, I feel extremely incomplete and naked.
Journalist Andrew Keen recently explored the danger of society’s obsession with smart phones. In his article, “How our mobiles became Frankenstein’s monster,” Keen discusses the increasing addiction to mobile devices that people are experiencing. He questions readers, asking them to think about the last time they went anywhere without their smart phones, a question that is almost impossible for some to answer. Keen reveals that the real problem with these phones is that they are increasingly becoming smarter, and will one day begin to trump human intelligence. Whereas now, we control our phones, one day, our phones will begin to control our every move.
“At one point, I wonder, do increasingly intelligent and autonomous cell phones incorporate such sophisticated intelligence that they become indistinguishable from us?” Keen writes.
Keen also writes about the upcoming Mobile World Congress, a gigantic mobile telephone convention held in Barcelona, Spain, where companies will pitch their new line of mobile phones, promoting “personal empowerment.”
“But the real truth behind these increasingly intelligent devices is personal disempowerment. Such is the eerie reality of a phone that you can’t live without,” Keen says.
Keen’s hypotheses may be extreme, but may also be eerily correct. In a recent article by Ted Gregory, he interviewed a young man by the name of David Macias, who has five personal electronics.
“I have trouble sleeping sometimes,” Macias said, also stating that he sleeps with his phone which wakes him when he receives a text message.
This growing addiction to mobile phones is becoming extreme and unhealthy. Only truth and time will reveal how much more these mobile devices will change the lives of people everywhere.