Cul­ture critic: Real Ad­dic­tion Prob­lem Is Smart­phones

New York Post - - POST OPINION - — Com­piled by Eric Fettmann

Heather Wil­helm at Na­tion Re­view of­fers this plain­tive warn­ing to her fel­low smart­phone users: “We are wast­ing our lives.” In­deed, “Amer­i­can adults eat, sleep and breathe me­dia, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent eMar­keter sur­vey, con­sum­ing an av­er­age of 12 hours a day.” Other stud­ies “have linked smart­phones to de­creased con­cen­tra­tion, lower prob­lem-solv­ing skills, a gen­eral sense of ‘brain drain’ and de­pres­sion.” Some Sil­i­con Val­ley types are even push­ing back against “in­ten­tion­ally ad­dic­tive so­cial-me­dia apps that they com­pare to heroin.” Wil­helm quotes Confucius as say­ing, “He who con­quers the smart­phone is the might­i­est war­rior,” then adds: “OK, fine: He ac­tu­ally said ‘he who con­quers him­self.’ ” But nowa­days, she asks, “isn’t that pretty much the same thing?”

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