Many people in today's society are passionate smart phone users. Some even consider themselves, "addicted to their phones" or believe that they, "cannot live without them". Patrick May states, "It's a lot easier to plug into the weird world of devices than it is to unplug" (9). Some of the types of people that are more likely to become addicted to their smart phones are individuals who are unemployed, severely disabled, or retired.
Many times individuals who are unemployed spend more time on their smart phones than what would be considered an average amount. There are many factors that cause this. Some of these are depression, and boredom. Depression is a common condition that people experience when they do not have jobs. It is defined as, "severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of time and accompanied by feelings of hopelessness". Studies show that unemployment and depression can result in vicious cycles of isolation.
Unemployed individuals who are experiencing this can mend the feelings of isolation through their smart phones. These devices have many different applications that can make people feel like they are a part of something greater. Boredom is another reason why unemployed individuals spend more time on their smart phones. Since these people do not have steady jobs, they have a lot of vacant time. An enjoyable way these unemployed workers spend that free time is by using their devices. Individuals who are unemployed aren't the only ones more likely to get addicted to their devices.
People who are severely disabled are also more likely to become addicted to their smart phones. By using their devices these individuals can feel more in place. In today's society, social media plays a big role in everyday life. It gives people opportunities to...