Smartphone’s Making You Dumb In Reality?


After the invention of Smart phones, our life has definitely become easier and sorted. But don’t you feel it has murdered our way of living and has affected our society negatively? It has changed our lives so much, that we cannot live without our phones anymore, whereas at some point we might live without people around us! We can blame smartphones for this list of reasons:


Believe it or not, smart phones can dampen your creativity. In order to think creatively you need a little down time to let your mind wander. If you are like me, any free moment you have is spent checking up on various people via social media or reading news updates. That doesn’t leave much for my own creative thoughts to flourish.


Some people find themselves so addicted to their smart phone that they feel disconnected from the people in their life. One aunt of mine confessed that she missed her son’s first steps because she was reading a text message and not savoring the special moment. Unfortunately, that is something she can never get back. Now she turns her phone off when she gets home so she can connect with her family instead.


While many of us love being able to stay connected through email, text, and calls with our smart phones, it’s that same constant availability that can lead to major stress. This is especially true for people with high stress jobs. Every time the phone rings or alerts a new message they feel a slight tinge of anxiety. No one needs that sort of stress in their lives.


Is your cell phone keeping you from being as productive as you could be? I know I am very guilty of this. I may sit down for a moment in the morning to check my emails. My intention is to check my emails and then get started with my work or chores for the day. Unfortunately, more times than not I end up checking emails and then Facebook. While looking at Facebook I get an alert that it is my turn to create a word on Words With Friends. Stumped on what word to put I head back over to my Facebook App. Before I know it, it’s time for lunch and I’m hungry, but even then I don’t put my phone down. Instead I go to my Pinterest App to find a yummy recipe for lunch or dinner. Please tell me I am not alone.


Smart phone are also linked to many sleep problems. If you take your phone to bed you may find yourself plugged in while you should be winding down. Instead of relaxing your brain, you are feeding it with more thoughts. It’s hard to fall asleep when your brain is buzzing with new information. To avoid sleep problems, turn your phone off at bedtime instead of making it your nightly companion.

As you can see, smart phones easily affect several areas of our society. I am not saying we should all throw out our smart phones, but we should practice a little moderation for the sake of our existence. Have you noticed any ways your cell phone negatively affects your life?

– Saloni Tolia.


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Smita Singh


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