I have a theory about iPhone addiction and privacy. They go hand in hand. The deeper the addiction, the less concern about how applications– Facebook and Google are major culprits– track users. Iipso facto and alakazam– iPhone addiction and less privacy are related.
Can we do anything about it? There are two parts. First, the addiction itself. Second, we have to recognize that Google, Facebook, and other online stalkers who track us by removing obstacles to our privacy can be controlled.
Addiction – Wherever you go in public these days you’ll see the same thing. Look around. What are people doing. They’re staring into their smartphone screens. While driving, while eating, while walking, even while working. That’s addiction, folks. The only way to beat an addiction is to recognize we have it.
John Martellaro says iPhone addiction is our problem, not Apple’s problem. I disagree. Our problem? Yes. Apple’s problem? Yes. But Facebook and Google are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Apple can build in functionality to help us control our urges to use our devices all the time. Whether we follow or use such options is up to us, but that leads to the other part of the problem. Humans. Are we being educated to use such devices properly? Or, are we being manipulated to use our devices the way others want us to?
If we’re doing useful, valuable things with our lives, making contributions, teaching, serving, volunteering, creating, or whatever, we’ll naturally use the iPhone as a tool to succeed.
In other words, if we’re using the iPhone as a tool to get things done, great. But we’re still being
What about when we’re not using our handheld devices for anything useful other than to waste time?
It’s when one’s life isn’t highly motivated and directed that it’s all too easy to turn to the iPhone as a crutch, and seek to fill a void.
Those are the smartphone users who are more easily tracked, more easily influenced, and they contrast with users who recognize privacy is an important part of humanity, and those who abuse privacy need to be curtailed.
Martellaro sums it up casual usage well:
And then it becomes unfulfilling. That’s why the more young people use their smartphone, the more depressed they get. When used as an end in itself, it doesn’t satisfy. Something more is yearned for, and caving to one’s iPhone addiction isn’t the answer.
iPhone addiction– as it is with Android smartphones, perhaps iPads and personal computers in general– not only diminishes privacy (users are
tracked stalked and manipulated by others) it also causes social anxiety, personal emotional issues, and, well, that list can go on and on.
Maybe we can look at such addictions a different way. Smartphones can diminish humanity; different than state run or fake news organizations, of course (in the U.S. we have entities that are both), because we are allowing ourselves to be manipulated which causes us to lose privacy.