Boston University professor Joel Renstrom equated smartphone addiction with smoking. Renstrom's article was posted on The Conversation.
According to the scientist, secondhand smoke and gadget addiction have a lot in common. Renstrom said 96 percent of the US population owns smartphones, and most Americans are locked into their devices. This affects children to whom parents unknowingly instill the habit of taking out a smartphone at any free time.
The researcher gave the example of a mother who holds a smartphone with her free hand while feeding. In her opinion, such a habit from infancy demonstrates to the child a behavioral pattern that fits into his memory. “The human brain develops up to 25 years. Moreover, a two-month-old or two-year-old child is not able to comprehend reality,”Renstrom said.
In conclusion, the scientist emphasized that even in adolescence, when children understand the danger of addiction to gadgets, they are unable to fight the habit. In her opinion, parents violating the taboo give them a signal and unknowingly push them to addiction to smartphones, just as secondhand smoke can push them to active smoking.
In 2017, analysts recorded an increased interest in push-button phones. The increased sales of traditional devices without a touch screen and Internet access were associated with consumer fatigue from around-the-clock access to social networks and conscious consumption of information.