This is something I've been thinking about for quite a while, and I thought this would be a great place to discuss it.
Basically, do you think that people's reliance on the internet and technology is starting to have an impact on their lifestyles and the quality of it?
This may not be the same where you live, but where I live (in England) people seem to be constantly on their phones. When I started highschool most people either didn't bother bringing their phones in, on kept them switched off/on silent during school hours, maybe using them at break as something to do. By the time I left the majority of people would be actively using their phones, texting each other, updating facebook statuses and even literally phoning each other during lessons. Our year's grades were desperately below the average, and the majority of people who performed badly seemed to be those who were glued to their phones every lesson.
I walk around town every day during my lunch hour at college and from what I've seen, more people are using their phones than not. At least two thirds of the people I see are on their phones. People are stood in shops texting, updating their twitter feeds while queing up or even maintaining a phone call while at the checkout (something which pisses me off to no end, I find it so rude). There have been several occasions where I have been at risk of being hit by a car because the driver was on their phone and didn't notice the red light (it's probably happened to me about 3 times in the last year, which is quite scary when I think about it). Someone in my town got put in a coma because they were hit by a car while texting (walked out into the road without looking), and plenty of people have driven into walls while texting. People text a lot too, I know plenty of people who have 12000 texts a month (O2's version of unlimited I think) and have managed to go over it.
It's not even just the young people who are on their phones all the time. My dad checks his phone at every possible opportunity he has (thankfully not while driving). He will walk the dog and basically use his phone for the entire walk. He uses it while having a meal out with my mum. He even takes it to bed with him so he can browse the web during the night (and then complains about lack of sleep). So many middle aged women are texting and talking on phones while doing their shopping it almost amazes me. I overheard one woman say 'Hang on a moment, I've got someone on the other line.' (Amazes me they manage to talk to one person, let alone two at once)
I may be overreacting here, but I think that people in general are becoming literally addicted to the internet and technology, and it's starting to have an effect on their day-to-day lives. People seem to be using technology more and more and it's getting ridiculous. A few people actually brought their phones with them into an exam because they didn't want to risk missing a call. In an exam. Personally, I use my phone only when I am waiting for someone or waiting for a lesson, much like you would read a book or do a crossword. As a way to kill time when nothing is going on. I don't use it when I am socialising (I think it's pretty damn rude) and I certainly don't use it while ordering food or making a purchase. What do you think? Do you think it is becoming a problem?
Just to clarify, I think that the devices themselves are amazing, and the way you can talk to people all around the world with ease is amazing, but my argument is that people don't seem to be able to put them down, and are sacrificing face to face conversation and job/education performance to do things that could easily wait until your breaks.