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Travis Burke- a 19 year old Capricorn who believes that “Regardless of how you feel inside,
always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and
confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.” Arthur Ashe
Roshae Blake- I am 21 years old who likes to socialize. I want to help persons with mobile
addiction so they may experience new things.
Jamila McKenzie- An optimist who tries to motivate peers.
Abigail Banton- The intellectual voice of others. Splendid appearance and sharp in her
Kevon Robinson- a person who tries my best in everything I do. I love watching movies and
hanging with my peers. I am a recovering mobile addict who has accomplished what many of my
peers said was impossible. Now, I want to share my experience with others.
Kadian Lambert- self motivated individual whose hobbies include acting and playing netball.
Mobile; according to the Webster Pocket Dictionary means moveable or readily adaptable. The
many large companies that manufacture things that is mobile for example. TVs, personal
computers and telephones by no small measure have changed our lives for the better. More tasks
are done in less time, to productive increases. That is all positive. However, we, having all of this
at our disposal, have developed an addiction. One such phobia is the “Nomophobia”- the fear of
having being without a cell or mobile phone. Results have shown that materialism and
impulsiveness are what drove cell phone addiction. According to the Morningside Recovery
Rehabilitation Centre, the average person spends 144 minutes a day using their phones. For those
who suffer from Nomophobia, the fear of being disconnected from the virtual world is
heightened when they are restrained from checking their phone. The lives of cell phone addicts
are so contingent on their need to feel so connected on their phones that without mobile
technology they begin to express a sense of vulnerability that can trigger certain moods and
Insights into Mobile Addiction
Based on the article “ A rising addiction among youths: Smart phones” by In-Soo Nam, Lee Yun
Soo ( South Korean student) has some regrets that she replaced her faded old clamshell phone
with a smart phone six months ago. Miss Lee is among the roughly one in five students in South
Korea who the government said is addicted to smart phone use. This addiction is defined as
spending more than 7 hours a day using the phone and experiencing symptoms such as anxiety,
insomnia and depression when cut off from the device. With this addiction on the rise, one has to
wonder if there ever will be a cure. In Jamaica, for instance, four in five persons have a cell
phone; this means soon Jamaica will be joining other countries like Korea and the US in dealing
with mobile addiction, almost on an epidemic proportion. South Korean is among the world‟s
biggest technology users. That can pose problems: South Korea has reached a mobile phone
penetration rate of more than one hundred percent- meaning some people carry more than one
handset- and smart phones represent nearly two thirds of those devices, according to data from
the government. According to the International Telecommunication Union, the smart phone
penetration rate in the US was 50.4% as of June. Youth these days rarely socialize. They either
facebook chat, BBM or just plain text. As a matter of fact, I have heard of families being in the
same household but communication is almost nil all because of improvement of mobile
technology. Family members literally ignore each other, too engrossed in their individual mobile
devices. Children no longer struggle to school with huge bags laden with books, as one laptop or
smart phone will do the same job as all those text books. According to Korea Communications
Commission, the smart phone- penetration rate in South Korean ages 6 to 19 tripled to 65% last
year from a year earlier. The smart phone addiction rate among teenagers was 18%, double the
addiction rate of 9.1% for adults, according to another government survey. What makes this
epidemic unique, is, each day technology gets more advance. This brings to mind that there is no
easy way of solving this addiction. Some persons have multiple mobile devices. This compounds
it even more. Mobile addiction, unfortunately, does not limit itself to teenagers. There are adults
whose lives are literally put on hold, should they misplace there mobile devices. The South
Korean government plans to provide nationwide counseling programs for youngsters by year
end. Teachers are also to be trained in ways of dealing with student‟s addicts. Counseling
treatment for adult addicts is already in place and this is funded by taxpayers. For years there
have been online game addiction but since the introduction of high speed internet and the
penetration of smart phones. The age of persons becoming mobile addicts is getting lower and
lower. According to Setsuko Tamura, a professor of applied psychology at Tokoyo Seitoku
University „Students today are very bad at reading facial expressions‟. „When you spend more
time texting people instead of talking to them, you don‟t learn how to read non-verbal language‟.
This mobile addiction has gotten so bad, it has cost many lives to be lost, all because of texting
while driving. A world wide campaign is now on called “IT CAN WAIT”, urging people to
refrain from the practice of texting while driving. Million have been spent by governments
around the world.
In Taiwan, the phenomenon of constantly of checking email or social media has led to the label
“heads-down tribes”. A survey by the Taiwan Network Information Centre showed that the
number of people accessing the internet through laptops, tablets or smart phones in the past six
months has doubled to a record 5.35 million from a year earlier. Lee Yun- Soo, an 18 year old
Korean high school student has found away to avoid the distraction of her smart phone during
exam periods. She removes the SIM card, which stores phone numbers from her Android phone
and inserts it into an older internet disabled phone. This student came up with her own solution
however, how many students will be willing to take up that challenge? I think, a reasonable
answer would be, not much. Mobile addicts would rather shun their meals and sleep time than to
give up the use of their mobile devices.
Studies on Mobile Technology
According to Paul Kendall of the Daily Mail, a recent study suggests the addiction of children to
their mobile phones could threaten the very fabric of society. This simply means that children
will no longer see it necessary to physically interact with each other. Many scholars agree that,
should this trend continue the world as we know it will cease to exist. Many teenagers are
fanatical about being always available and feel uneasy if they are unable to contact their friends
several times peer day. Sadly, in some cases, the friends are sometimes in the same room. It
doesn‟t have to be all doom and gloom, as some positives are; children will now have very little
reason for not completing assignments, it is also a life saving tool, should one be faced with an
emergency. On a whole, children feel as if they are not in the “in crowd” and think that without a
mobile phone, they will be left out. The mobile phone is like an electric tribal drum used by the
native Indians, with this, they keep in contact with each other, catching up on all the latest
gossips. According to Child Psychologist Doctor David Lewis, in order for children to develop
proper friendships they have to invest time with people, doing things together. Sociologists also
warned that, the popularity of email, texting and playing games on the mobile phone will
eventually start affecting important activities such as recreational reading and studying. It is
therefore incumbent on the parents to monitor mobile technology use by their children of a very
early age, ensuring that a time limit is placed on games and social media browsing. There is an
increased risk to children under the age of 16 years using mobile phones according to a
government report. Schools were asked to only allow children to make emergency calls.
History of Mobile Technology
Based on an article entitled “Mobile Addiction” by Fredrick Joy, the mobile phones have not
only revolutionize the world, technology wise, but has made many things possible, things that
were only possible in dreams. This revolution, however, has caused an alarm among an entire
generation. The manufacturers of the mobile phone never envisioned the enormous impact it
would have had on the world. The mobile phone was basically made to compensate for the
disadvantages of the landline. Signal towers were used to increase the coverage area. One can
easily see why one would become addicted to the mobile phone, it has a plethora of games and
other feature, and these include SMS, MMS and the capability to connect to the internet. There
are also cameras built in so one can actually talk to the other person in real time (You can take,
send pictures and videos). Two children in England, ages 12 and 13 were sent to rehab for
mobile phone addiction, it was found out that they could not complete their daily tasks without
the use of the mobile phone. That is how serious the addiction can get.
In conclusion, wherever you are in the world the evidence is overwhelming, mobile addiction is
not a dream and no one is immune. Millions of addicts are in the world with the majority being
children. It is therefore very important that parents initiate the monitoring process as early as
possible in the homes. After you have done so, look at self because it is better to take control of
mobile addiction than vice versa.
Signs of mobile addiction
1. Experience anxiety when phone is misplaced.
2. Feel uncomfortable if more than two hours pass without checking phone for messages.
3. Experience extreme emotions when a cell phone connection is lost.
4. Answer calls and text messages while driving.
5. Initiate calls and texting while driving
6. The first thing upon waking is check phone for messages
7. Sleep next to phone that is on and wake up to return late night texts
8. Answers cell phone while in an intimate embrace with a loved one.
Introduction to video
This video is based on the topic of discussion which is „Mobile Addiction‟. The video is
compiled of few interviews conducted by Ms. Banton, the group‟s interviewer. This is geared
towards making individuals aware of their mobile addiction and helping them through means of
advice to recover from such a crucial antisocial addiction. The interview questions are from the
prescribed layout of the project. These interviewees assessed and analyzed based on their
responses to questions.
Self test page
In order to check if you have symptoms of mobile addictions please click on the link below:
Self-help tips to break mobile addiction
1. Keep busy! Try taking up a new hobby like reading, drawing or playing an instrument.
Spend more time doing things that need to be finished, whether it's chores or parents
wanting a family day or time together.
2. Think of why you like your cell phone so much.
3. Limit your calls or tell friends about your addiction so that they can make the move
on cutting the conversation off.
4. Disable all extra features, like any text message plans or ringtone download
packages. Give your cell phone to your parents when you're most likely to use it.
These times include after school, after dinner, and during the weekend.
5. Simply give it up. Not entirely, but you should try to cut back on your cell phone time.
Next time you feel the need to use it step back and think "do I really need to call/text this
person right now or can it wait?” Try to do something constructive instead of using your
phone next time you feel the urge.
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