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iPhone’s Short Existence

Phone's Powerful Effect

Bella Carchedi, Maroon Tribune Reporter

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The first iPhone 2G was released on January 9th, 2007. Since then iPhone’s have played a vital role in our everyday lives according to, CNN news. The iPhone is the number one smartphone in the United States and in 2014 had approximately 64 million users (or 64% of all mobile users) own an iPhone.

iPhones have only been around for ten years, yet have so rapidly taken over how we operate and function today. While many people discuss the benefits of a smartphone, there is something to be said about how they negatively impact our society. Our generation has grown to be dependent on our phones rather than engaging and communicating with others outside of the phone screen. There needs to be a healthy balance between phone time and real-world experiences. We are so focused on our phones that we lose the true interaction of speaking with new people and seeing/discovering/experiencing life.

Relationships and daily interactions have been drastically changed since the iPhone was released. According to journalistsresearch.org, although this technology has expanded our network of friends and accessibility, it detrimentally affects the relationships among one another and causes interactions to be more “superficial”. We too often text one another about mindless and useless things which takes away from face to face contact. Behind a screen we can say stuff that one might not normally say because they are metaphorically “protected.” This is how cyberbullying has taken over our generation. If you take the personalization out of human contact it cannot benefit the world in any shape or form.

Since the iPhone was introduced, it has taken away from real life experiences. A friend recently shared with me her experience while kayaking. She was stopped on the lake, looking at the beautiful site of a marvelous bald-eagle. As she floated there on the lake, she noticed a father on another kayak not too far away, with his young daughter. He was sitting on his phone without noticing the bald-eagle perched directly above his head. She whispered over to look above you, and with amusement he put down the phone and began to watch too. He pointed to his young daughter to look as well. My friend described it as “heartbreaking” to watch him go about kayaking on his phone rather than experiencing the lake and the natural beauty right under his nose.

Although the iphone has clearly shown that there are a countless amount of negative impacts that the iPhone has introduced, there are benefits as well. We now have unlimited access to information online, weather updates, emails, etc… It has changed our ability to be able to reach one another no matter where we are. It has allowed us to have a single device that can be used for a numerous amounts of productive tasks. According to CNN news, the iPhones are a powerful aspect of our everyday lives by allowing “construction workers to read blueprints, doctors to diagnose patients, governments to improve services, etc.. “ There are defined benefits of the iPhone and it is no wonder that 217 million iPhones have been sold in the USA.

In order to keep individuality there needs to be a balance of phone time and real life interactions. People need to know how it feels to not have an iPhone around 24/7. Perhaps people should commit to putting away their phone for a few hours a day. That could be a big step forward to a proactive society.

iPhones have just reached their ten year anniversary yet so many people cannot image life without. They continue to grow exponentially with their world-wide appeal but they are taking away from the value of our lives and our interactions with one another.

 

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