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will cell phone addiction

have the positive side effect of reducing drug addiction?

shoulders down image of teens holding cell phones

I am convinced that it will. Clearly, cell phone addiction is rampant among both adults and children. It is a serious issue with it’s own set of destructive ramifications. There are clearly some benefits for example, our ability to get in touch with each other and our ease of access to information which we can use to learn and grow.

My theory is that cell phone use will cause a statistically significant reduction in teen drug abuse and addiction. It’s pretty simple really. Kids constantly have their phones in the their hands. They are texting friends, taking selfies, playing video games, posting on social media, scrolling through feeds. They have unlimited entertainment available at their fingertips all the time.

Gone are the days of “I’m so bored! There’s nothing to do in this town!” Not only do these communication devices keep them occupied, but their hands are full too. Who needs to hold a cigarette or an alcoholic drink to look cool when they’re already holding a phone?

Mark my words, we are going to see a real decline in teen drug abuse. Teens will still have problems, that’s reality. But their problems will be things such as: anxiety about getting likes on social media or depression because of online bullying. We will need to teach our teens how to cope with those issues.

What do you think? Am I on to something here?

10 comments on “will cell phone addiction

  1. annj49
    February 5, 2018

    I know I said I’d get back to you, but this darn phone thing keeps me WAY too busy!
    So sorry!
    Haha 😉

    On a more serious note, I believe that it’s truly addictive, and has its very bad side as well as its good side. For me, the good outweighs the bad at this particular time in my life (69 and retired) so I’m keeping it, though I may consider paring down apps and functions, for sanity’s sake…..

    Excuse my, my phone is “saying” something 😉



  2. annj49
    October 25, 2017

    Now I have to put my phone down and go THINK….
    Be back with comment later…. 😉

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  3. frederick anderson
    September 13, 2017

    It’s certainly every bit as dangerous as a smack habit. Junk exposes you to the risk of ODing, and over-attentive texting can cause you to walk under a bus! But seriously, I agree regarding the attention span thing. It gets harder to hold a conversation these days, doesn’t it?

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  5. MrJohnson
    September 7, 2017

    You can eat plain French fries which are okay or you can eat them with gravy.

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  6. latskojerry
    September 7, 2017

    People are not paying attention. I mean teen aged people and full grown adults as well. It is demonstrably more difficult to hold anyone’s attention for very long whether the cause is ritalin, adderall, sugar, or cell phones or whatever. So it depends on the drug to some extent. Cell phone addicts behave the same way as drunks when it comes to driving, walking, or having a conversation, so I’m not certain it would be better than alcohol. Weed might be better in that it might help one see more clearly how stupid cell phones are. I think it’s a stretch to imagine that cell phone addiction would successfully combat addiction to hard drugs except economically in that they might keep losing their phones.

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    • thehonkinggoose
      September 8, 2017

      This is why I don’t plan on getting my kid a cell phone until he is 14 or 15. Even then it might be a bad influence. I try very hard to model safe cell phone behavior now while my kids are young. I never pick it up when I’m driving, I will let someone else pick it up or I will pull over to use it always.


  7. First Night Design
    September 7, 2017

    I do hope so!

    Liked by 1 person

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