Media Addiciton

My group recently lead the class and gave the first half of our presentation on the cons of social media and excessive phone usage. So, I have chosen to do my weekly eport post as a reflection of my personal media usage.

Our generation is truly unique. Mostly, my peers and I grew up in an environment without much technology. We experienced knocking on friends doors to see them, playing outside, and seeing technology usage such as watching television as a privilege. With the way technology has become increasingly prominent within our society, many my age now find themselves unintentionally addicted to their cellphones, computers and other devices.

Cell phones and other devices change your brain. When you take a drug, the structure of your brain is altered. You feel good, and want to do it again. The same applies to cell phones. When we see a notification appear on our cellphones, our brains are hit with dopamine, the “feel good” chemical. It compels us to compulsively check our phones whenever we get a text, a social media notification or even an email. Our brains want to feel good when they’re so used to it, so it becomes difficult to avoid the triggers for a reward in our brain, such as a cell phone.

Personally, I find I experience phantom vibrations on occasion. I will think my phone just vibrated, and check it just so see that nothing actually happened. Self control also becomes impacted in a sense. Often, I will find myself in class, or at work, and feel the vibration of my phone, and it becomes difficult to resist immediately checking what set the vibration was, and when I try to avoid checking it, I get an almost nagging feeling tell me to do so.

It’s difficult to quit an addition. When cell phones change our brains and make us feel good in the same way becoming dependent on a drug does, it can be difficult to alter our behaviors; however, there are steps that can be taken such as a detox. People going through hardships with drugs must detox first, suffer the withdrawal symptoms, and make an active attempt to change their actions. The same can be done with cell-phones. However, unlike drugs, cell-phones and social media are deeply intertwined with everything we do. Socialization, work, and school al revolve heavily around communicating through digital media.

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