2017 has been a cycle of releases that end with the release of Google Pixel 2 this month.
So much has changed this year, so many new features have been introduced.
People have their mind-blowing with excitement and curiosity with Apple releasing the iPhone X, Samsung announced the folding phone and small players like Xiaomi and Essential improving their games.
But it’s not the features that drive the people towards the smartphones.
In fact, Jaco Hamman argues in this book “Growing Down Theology and Human Nature in the Virtual Age,” that it isn’t just the groundbreaking features introduced each time.
Instead, it has to do with the innate yearning of human that smartphones very successfully tap into.
Here are the real reasons why we are so addicted to our phones:
The Concept of Self-Extension
William James was the first psychologist to argue about the concept of self-extension.
According to him, everything a man calls his own, not just his body but also external things like clothes, house, children, etc. are the extension of his self.
Losing one of these things triggers a feeling of great loss, for instance losing a house for a man who built it from scratch or a pacifier or the favorite toy of a baby he never goes to bed without.
Smartphones play a somewhat same role as that favorite toy.
The way people get anxious the instant they can’t locate their phones, or if they (gasp!) drop their phones.
Majority of smartphone users feel the same way.
Sense of Attachments with a kick of Dopamine and Oxytocin
The way childhood experiences shape the personality of a person, same way it also shapes the way they project care onto other objects.
People experience the same feeling of belonging and attachment in their adult lives to their phones as they did to the caregivers in their childhood.
All that with loads of dopamine and oxytocin (the hormone of love) kicking it becomes a whole lot stronger.
Looking at the beauty of a phone could be the same as the person was looked at my parents as a child.
Nature to Copy, Imitate, Make Models and Explore Differences
Michael Taussig, an anthropologist, argues that there is innate of humans to produce, reproduce, standardize and compare.
All this is done in order to grow and develop the features needed for adaptability.
Phones give everyone exactly that.
They take a million selfies and edit them as per their will.
They see other photos on Instagram and snapchat and try harder to become more like their idols.
People keep texting back and forth, talking about everything and discussing each detail.
Is it a bad thing?
As Melvin Kranzberg said
“Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.”
It is not a bad thing, but there no technology that can fill in for real human contact.
As much as we love our phones, we should not forget that we should love people more.
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