Are We Too Attached to Our Cellphones?

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Are We Too Attached to Our Phones? Over the past decade American culture has experienced something more profound than any other technological advancement since the discovery of the Internet; the smart phone. The innovative technology of cellular phone has eliminated the need for almost any other electronic device. With the creation of the 3G/4G network and application technology, cell phone users no longer need multiple Personal Digital Assistants (PDA’s) to satisfy their needs. All one needs is a smartphone, such as an iPhone or an Android, and they can fulfill all of their daily tasks from the touch of the same button. Although such technology has made the lives of Americans much more productive, cellphone technology has made people more detached from society and less aware of their surroundings. Cellphones have given Americans a false sense of reality in which the average person believes that multitasking while using a mobile phone is an effective use of one’s time. If Americans can better distinguish when it is appropriate to use their cellphones, users can prevent themselves from making mistakes, whether they are small or large, due to inattentiveness. This is not a problem of cellular phone technology; it is one of not knowing when it is appropriate to engage in cellphone use. Cellphone users are more susceptible to doing dangerous things as a result of trying to multitask while using their cellphones. According to psychologist, Albert Bandura, perceived self-efficacy is a phenomenon that can be described as person’s perception of their abilities to produce a result in relations to their actual ability (Bandura). Perceived self-efficacy has become a huge problem because people who have heightened perceptions of their abilities are more likely to engage in dangerous situations activities and see it as a challenge rather than a threat (Bandura). In a study

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