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With the new knowledge of all the iPhone is capable of, and considering the ways it CAN make our lives more convenient, why is the iPhone also seen as negative and harmful?

one word: OVERUSE.

If you overuse anything, it will become harmful or less effective. If you take 20 vitamins instead of 1, you will likely need to go to the hospital. If you spend 13 hours a day on your iPhone instead of 1, you will risk ruining most of your life and becoming an iPhone zombie, stimulated only by “likes” and Snapchats.

I believe the key to using the iPhone efficiently and letting it be an aid instead of a hindrance is cautionary use, not to be overdone. To be honest, the iPhone has many amazing features and it is a brilliant invention. It is only when this writing technology is abused by humans that it becomes a problem for our lives and for society as a whole.

So what I guess I’m trying to say is that iPhones are not the problem. We are. People tend to get addicted to things like technology, which is supposed to be beneficial, and then they use it so much that it becomes detrimental. We (as humans) need to find a healthy way to use technology so it can help enrich our lives and make things easier instead of causing us developmental and social problems like isolation.

Moderation can be a hard thing to practice, but in the case of the iPhone, I believe it is necessary. Otherwise, this writing technology is almost completely wasted by human indulgence to their own wants as opposed to their needs. There needs to be a way to ensure that even if we step into the iPhone world for a few minutes, we keep one foot in the human world and are able to climb back out when we’re done.

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But it’s not all bad!

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A Sage Journals article published on the perspective of Psychology and iPhones views smartphones in an interesting light: Scientists argue that smartphones allow them to collect HUGE amounts of data worldwide, without one single person having to come into a lab. This data can all be gathered from their phones with current technologies.

The article also quotes all the inventions that the iPhone has replaced, in one handy machine: “landline phones, digital cameras, photo books, video recorders, MP3 music players, radios, voice recorders, GPS navigators, handheld game consoles, watches, alarm clocks, calendars, and calculator,” says the article. Scientists also argue that smartphones could really help with research techniques such as lab studies, internet studies, and replacing all other forms of question and answer study.

It is hypothesized that an iPhone could help monitor the human body and the environment surrounding it for variables like oxygen, heat, CO2, and environmental cleanliness. More importantly, it could help people stay on track with their health. iPhones could monitor

“temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate, pulse ox, and ECG) but also blood glucose, blood alcohol, hormone levels, immune system activity, inflammation, and ovulation,” says the article.¬† With the knowledge of all of these factors about human health, the iPhone could vastly improve our health awareness by letting us keep tabs on ourselves as opposed to doctors doing it all.

This article continues to name numerous ways in which the iPhone could benefit society, from GPA tracking missing people to conducting dating experiments. This article was really interesting because it portrayed the iPhone in a positive light, not as a society-destroying monster that wants to make humans stupid and solitary. This article really emphasizes the potential of the iPhone for human health and progression, which would be an amazing use for such a capable machine.

iPhones in terms of reading and writing

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In past era, reading was for books and writing was for paper.

But now, iPhones can be used for both. Full books can be read on an iPhone, listened to through headphones, or read on another similar device, such as the Nook or Kindle.

The iPhone has effectively decreased the need for formal writing, as it is much more common to quickly type out a short message through email, Facebook, or Twitter, doing away with formalities and longer, more thoughtful sentences. As everything because instantaneous for society, so does the need to communicate, which the iPhone makes handy.

I’m not saying this is a bad thing. Sometimes, communicating quickly can be wonderful- in cases of emergencies, announcements, votes, political polling, and other such events.

But sometimes, fast, endless communication can be a harmful writing technology that has the potential to cause unnecessary drama and speed up events.

Take, for example, the TV show “Gossip Girl.” Without the use of cell phones, pictures, and instant communication, the show would probably cease to exist because it wouldn’t be interesting. However, in the actual show, phones are used to take blackmail pictures, spread gossip instantly, and expose lies for the world to see- all with the click of a button.

Obviously, this is not real life and most of the time, these things don’t happen.

However, the main issue here is that in the case of writing technologies that allow for fast, instant communications, most people don’t consider the implications of their words or actions, realizing that although they are just typing some words, it is real and they are affecting other people.

Social media sites like Formspring, Ask me, Tumblr, Snapchat, and even Facebook and Twitter can be a breeding ground for hatred, as people whiz out words at each other without giving the second thought to what they actually mean. Many of these sentiments would not be expressed in real life, looking in the eyes of another person. However, staring at a computer screen, it can be very easy to forget that actual feelings could get hurt from your cyber words.

Obviously, iPhones are not the reason for these things happening, but they can allow for people to access these other writing technologies 24/7. Earlier I mentioned that smartphones allowed people to live in “another world.” This would be an example of this “other world.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/23/teen-iphone_n_3322095.html

But what about the kids?

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I’m a part-time babysitter/nanny.

it is not at all uncommon for me to see a kid, even a toddler, on an iPhone or an iPad.

“doing WHAT?” you might ask, shocked as I was. Well, doing what any normal kid probably has the urge to do: Play games, watch videos on Youtube, etc.

I was sitting by a toddler one day, watching her browse Youtube. She was clicking on and watching random videos that I don’t believe she understood. Suddenly, she clicked on a video featuring Miley twerking, which abruptly began to play. Horrified, I snatched the phone from her, trying to stop the video and look for some sort of child-control for the videos.

To me, this is the problem with leaving a toddler or child of any age alone with an iPhone or iPad. What might they see? What will they be exposed to? You might never know, if someone isn’t watching them.

Another huge problem can be thought of in terms of development: In a recent article done by WFIU news (by me), I spoke to Beth Holloway, director of women in engineering at Purdue, about children and development.

http://indianapublicmedia.org/news/researcher-suggests-buying-educational-toys-season-59163/

She encourages buying children educational toys, because development of learning habits is crucial at young ages. By the time a child reaches middle school age, it is hard to interest them in much else besides what they are already interested in.

Consider this in terms of iPhones.

What if a child’s main interest is technology, and they never developed any interest in reading, art, science, math, play, or socialization? What if, for the majority of their childhood, a child built their mental development around a solitary device such as an iPhone?

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People have described needing an “iPhone fix,” which makes sense because a constant stream of media is very stimulating to the brain. Without it, people have reported feelings of boredom and desperation.