Iphones and Society - misconstrued messages in a connected world.

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IPhones and Society

The American economy has taken three major shifts from: agrarian, industrial and most recently the technological revolution. The last few decades have lent, cellular devices, iPads, iPods, computers, and most importantly the Internet have completely transformed the way people interact in society. Being that the iPhone has practical everyday uses it consequently forms a pattern of dependence to its user causing almost an addiction. Problems associated with today’s society are that people are more and more involved with knowledge of computer and phone related devices causing society to rely on the direct feed of information rather than the interaction of people. In an attempt to stay connected, society is inadvertently setting itself further from its intended goal by becoming slaves to a shining digital screen.

The feeling of being connected is a driving force in the lives of all human beings. So much so that even a short interruption or gap can cause people to feel instantly detached or stressed out. Ultimately, the need for connection comes down to the fundamental characteristic that all living creatures share, that characteristic being happiness. This psychological factor drives people to constantly search for any form of interaction possible in their lives. “But it's not how rich or poor your social network actually is that seems to make the most difference, it's how well-connected you think you are that seems to be the driving force”. The data points to the fact that we are so reliant on attention that this desire can move people to be healthier by altering major life choices. Since the iPhone is an extremely convenient form of social interaction, people are highly inclined to tear their personal communicators out of their pockets at any chance they get. The impacts of this have been significant in reducing genuine interaction between people, in effect creating a device-to device culture.

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The development of cellular technology in the 21st century has made it incredibly easy for people to be connected through one platform or another specifically via text message or social media applications. However, the ability to communicate with other individuals digitally, rather than in person can cause various societal impacts for all of those who are engaged. First, studies have shown that a “substantial amount of communication is non-verbal” (facial expressions, gestures, eye contact, posture, and tone of voice). When one communicates through means of technology such as cellular devices, they may be considerably limiting the amount of information that is sent ...

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