Cellphones have become our generation’s security blankets. There was a study done at the University of Maryland to see how students would react without any technology for 24 hours. They studied kids from ten different countries and had the participants record how they felt during that period and the results were worse than they predicted. The students said that they felt anxious, insecure, restless, nervous, and depressed without their electronic devices. One even went far enough to associate the withdrawal from his cellphone to being like a “phantom limb.” No object should be that vital in a person’s life that makes them feel this way. Not only are we so dependent on our electronics, but this dependency has made interacting with people in person much more difficult.
Years ago, back when my parents were kids, cellphones didn’t exist. If they wanted to talk to someone, they had to walk to their door and speak face to face. Speaking to people was an easy and common thing to do back then but not anymore. The texting world has allowed people to contact each other faster and easier than ever, but is that really a great thing? In reality, it has more cons than pros.