Our addiction to technology is having an effect on our relationships. It enables us to have lots of them, and to feel close to those far away. But there’s another side to technology. It is pushing us away from those closest to us. They say if you check your phone before you get out of bed, you’re addicted. Hands up? According to the statistics 80% of us are addicts.
A mother recently told me her children’s favourite time of the week was swimming. When I asked her why, she said because she didn’t have her phone on her. That, and the horseplay that ensues.
This is a global trend and something that is going to increasingly challenge us as technology continues to enable and enhance our lives. It is particularly potent in this country, because we are such tech junkies and we adopt technology like the clappers!
Sherry Turkle says we expect more from technology and less from each other. She urges that we explore the many ways technology can lead us back to our real lives, our own bodies, our own communities, our own politics, our own planet.
The first thing 80% of us do in the mornings is check our phones (Facebook 2014)
The average smartphone user checks their device 110 times a day (Facebook 2014)
1 in 5 note feeling anxious when cut off from technology, pointing to a problem of internet addiction among Irish consumers.
90% of people in Ireland will have a smartphone in 2015
2 in 5 adults believe social media can be damaging to young people’s mental health (Mintel 2014)