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Hi everyone, and welcome back to the Italian podcast!
Today I want to do an episode on a topic that I am interested in recently, namely addiction (addiction) From smartphones (but usually from technology).I think this is a very topical question current (Partial) No matter where you live, the given amount equipment (equipment) Exist in all parts of the world. Through a brief research, I found that the number of smartphones in the world exceeds 2 billion. In addition, Facebook has 2 billion users every month, of which about 1 billion users use the platform every day. 800 million people log on to Instagram every month, and at least 500 million people log on every day.
These are important numbers and worthy of reflection.Smart phone has carry out (Complete, execute) Their real revolution appearance (Appear-“appear”) So far.The benefits that smartphones bring to our lives are Under everyone’s eyes (Under everyone’s nose), In a few years, become the basic object to change our lives and habits. But usually, technology has some dark sides.
Try this experiment: the next time you get on a bus, train, restaurant, class at school or university-in short, in any crowded public place-try to look at the people around you and count How many of them (=how many of these, how many are there) They are using smartphones.Look at their behavior, like many such behaviors, for example, they scroll on Facebook without even stopping to read what is passing under their eyes. I have been doing this recently, and I must say that I am more and more surprised, if not shocked. Let me be clear: I am not technology phobia, I don’t hate technology. Far away (On the contrary). I am the first person to constantly use technology. What if your smartphone is deprived — or worse, the Internet is deprived! -I might have one Neurasthenia (Neurasthenia). This is the point! Technology has profoundly changed us.
I think technology is now a component (Whole part, Basic part) Our life and extremist methods, such as no smartphone or no internet connection, cannot be taken into consideration.Inconvenience caused Will lead to (Will result from, Will cause) They will be too big. The question I ask myself is: are we exaggerating? Have we become a company addicted to the phone (I made up this term)?If it’s harder to become addicted to technology before the advent of smartphones, because basically Internet access is limited to physical locations (PC), this has changed radically. advent (= arrived, appeared) Smartphone.The entire world of the Internet may always be with us, even if it is not in our hands, whether it is in our pockets or in our pockets Bedside table (Bedside table) We are next to us when we sleep, he always attracts us in his way Remember (call) Persevere at any time of the day and night. Come to Facebook! Open Instagram! Check out Twitter!Their presence can even distract us from activities such as talking with friends or relatives: think about the sudden appearance of notifications for a few seconds Divert our attention (Take away our attention).
Smartphones also have the effect of boredom that we cannot bear. (I put a Facebook notification, I want to see how many of you are distracted).I mean, in Time of death (Downtime -The moment when we have nothing to do), Even for a few minutes, We sling (became.”Sprint”, Go somewhere) Immediately on the smartphone: For example, when we have to wait for a bus for two minutes, or when we go up an escalator or take an elevator, this can be negative, because people think boredom is the moment when our brains generate the best ideas ( The great inventors, scientists, and writers of the past may often be bored).But another consequence of our use of smartphones is our Attention curve (attention) cut back. In 2000, according to a Microsoft study, the average was 12 seconds, but in 2013 it dropped to 8 seconds (the average goldfish’s attention curve was 9 seconds).
I think Overwhelming majority (Overwhelming majority) Many of us have had the experience of visiting a page or application (such as Facebook or Instagram) without realizing that you have opened it. It happens to me often, and I am trying to change it, such as placing application icons such as Facebook or Instagram in places that are not easily accessible. As I said at the beginning, this topic is very interesting (and worried) to me, which is why I started reading “Irresistible” by Adam Alter. I’m actually still in its infancy, so if I find something interesting, I might do another episode in the future, but from what I’ve found so far, the reliance on smartphones, the Internet, and general equipment is a real kind of Behavioral addiction (or behavioral addiction in English) is one of the central themes of this book. The author defines “behavior addiction” as “advantageous behavior” Instantly (Short time) But it will have more serious consequences in the future.Behavioral addiction has a long history Neglected (be ignored) They come from psychology, but recently they have become the focus of attention of scholars and are increasingly being considered Such as (yes I like) Substance addiction.According to Claire Gillan, an American neuroscientist who studies this topic, this type of addictive behavior activates the same pleasure zone—or rewards system (Reward system)-It is activated by the use of substances (such as drugs) in our brains.
Anyway, I’m not an expert, as I said, I haven’t finished this book yet, so I don’t want to Bore you (= annoiarvi, think about “boring”) Use difficult terms and concepts from psychology or neuroscience because I risk making mistakes.
But one thing I invite you to do, which I am also working hard to do, is to better understand how you use it and your relationship with your smartphone. One thing I did was to install a Quality Time app on my phone (for Android, for iOs, there is another app called “Moment”), which records how you use your phone every day.How often do you use it, how long you use a single application, how many times you use it Unlock screen (You unlock your screen), and many more. I find, With a little frustration, (Somewhat frustrated) I use my smartphone for two to three hours a day (the author said that the average time in 2015 was 2 hours and 48 minutes, but in my opinion, at least today, in 2018, maybe more) and I unlock to dial 100 per day To 120 calls. This does not take into account the time spent in front of the computer screen.
Like i said I don’t want to be moral (Lecture, sermon) Because I am the first person to constantly use technology. But given that we use smartphones and other devices every day, and they are actually extensions of many of us, it is important to reflect on our relationship with them.
I want to conclude with a sentence used by Adam Alter in the book, which I translate into Italian: “We must not use a term dilute (dilute) Describe behavioral addictions; we must be aware of how serious they are hurt Al (hurt) Our collective well-being and the attention they deserve.The evidence we currently have is worrying, and trends suggest that we are Into dangerous waters (We are wading in dangerous waters)“
I hope i don’t have you disturbed (scared you) Too many, on these worrying notes, I greet you. I remind you that podcasts are on instagram (podcast_italiano), but, based on what I said today, try to use it in moderation (not podcasts, but Instagram). I would love to read your comment on this topic. How is the smartphone usage in your country/region? How do you use them? Do you feel addicted or want to limit its use? You can comment on podcastitaliano.com on the episode page, which contains a complete record of what I just said.If you want to please me more, you can also leave a comment on the podcast iTunes Help others find it. Having said that, thank you for listening and see you next time!