Phone Addiction Among Young Professionals

Phone Addiction Among Young Professionals

It's a technological world these days, with cell phones taking center stage. That's opening the door to a growing problem of "phone addiction."

Young business professionals in Corporate America today are guilty of over using technology. The business class is completely dependent on their smart phone, tablet or laptop computer.

West Texas Counseling and Guidence Clincial Director, Tristi Patterson describes how too much technology disconnects people.

It's a protective atmosphere for them to hide behind. Or not have to feel as awkward in. And therefore they never develop those social skills that are necessary."

Young Professionals of San Angelo's Vice President, Mary Payton says although she does think using technology all the time isn't as personable. It's more cost efficient.

"I was talking to people in Wisconsin, I had one in Chicago. And i have never seen these people but i feel like i know these people because all we have done is email., IM, or gone through a webinar. It does make things a lot more cost efficient"

In the past some would have considered a person who stays at the office late or always on the phone a "workaholic." But as technology is consistently growing, a new strain of "workaholic" is surfacing within the working class.

She says she doesn't know what she would do without these tech resources for work.

"I am so dependent on the cell phone, and the ipad, and the laptop. That is my life line to people and so sometimes yes ..it has consumed..."

Payton also says she is on her phone around 19 hours a day. She admits to bringing her work home with her and will always respond back to work emails and calls no matter what time it is.

"I mean that's what you do. People wake up in the middle of the night and the first thing they do is go to facebook because it's right the palms of your hands.. it's on your phone..you are checking emails."

For those that can't put their phone down after checking out of work they are more than likely to suffer from withdrawal symptoms and family issues. A new term has been coined "nomophobia" or also known as no mobile phone phobia."

The Department of Communication and Mass Media interim chair at ASU, Dr. June Smith, describes what it means to have a phone phobia.

"You would have this anxiety very much like a fear response of losing it of being separated from it, you would have to sleep a certain distance away from your phone. Has to be in arms reach something like three feet."

Dr. Smith also says other symptoms of nomophobia are naming your phone, compulsively checking your emails , social media sites , texts; and not interacting with others when in social settings.

"If we can't not pick it up. That's really the time to spend some time away from the phone, to try to talk to somebody about this.

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