I’m In Love….With My Smart Phone?
A little while ago, I commented on a post regarding a recent experiment that concluded cell phones did not cause cancer. In my comment I discussed how we are addicted to our phones and even if they were found to cause cancer, we wouldn’t be able to stop using them. As I commented I thought about whether addiction to cell phones is a real thing so I began to do a little research, as I expected there are tons of articles some saying yes it is a real thing, some saying no, and then one very interesting one saying something that seems like a little of both. In an OP-ED published in the New York Times titled “You Love Your iPhone. Literally.” the author claims that instead of being addicted to our phones, we are in love with them. In an experiment he conducted, it was found that when the test subjects either saw or heard an iPhone or Blackberry, there was a furry of activity found in the insular cortex of the brain, which is the area associated with love and compassion. The author comments that the brain reacted as it would to a girlfriend or other loved-one was nearby. He concludes that instead of being addicted to their smart phones, we are in love with them.
Could this be true? In this highly technologically world could we view our iPhones and our spouses as equals? I guess anything is possible…sound off in the comments!