Apps are unnecessary, functioning without phones is possible

April 27, 2015

Audrey Jensen
ajensen4@uccs.edu

I am convinced that human civilization will end up like “Wall-E.”

We will have screens in our face 24/7 and float in hover chairs because we have no bone mass to support our weight as a result of staring at a screen all day.

Many of us do this already.

Since the rise of technology, marketers and advertisers want to use everything in their power to reach out to consumers. They will use what people carry with them all day: our tablets and cell phones.

It isn’t enough to try and keep up with Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Snapchat, Instagram and Yik Yak. Now, stores like King Soopers and Target have decided to use apps to keep in touch with their customers in order to find out what we like to buy.

You can find an app for just about anything. Most of the time, I download a new app and end up disappointed and delete it or never open it.

Any real use I have for apps on my smartphone are for mere boredom. As a full-time student working two or three part-time jobs, I do not have time to be bored. These apps take away from studying and getting things done.

I don’t understand how high school, junior high and elementary school students spend all of their time interacting with each other over the internet and through apps.

In 20 years, the youngest generation won’t be able to fathom what we did without all of our apps. There are apps for reading, cooking, exercising, games, finances, dating and anything else you may think of.

The internet has changed how the world works and stayihng connected to everyone is never going to be as difficult as it used to be, but sometimes I just want to hide my phone for a week and live in the world that I can see and interact with in real life.

There will come a time when your phone breaks, it dies or you lose it. For those who only depend on their phone and apps, this will be a test to see if you are able to function without them.

It’s not hard to research on the computer or go to the store and read a book to learn how to cook or going to the library to research.

While these apps and the internet are good resources, they shouldn’tbe what you depend on for daily living.

You should be able to read a map, find a book in the library and cook from a recipe book.

It can obviously be handy, but once you become dependent on your device it can become an addiction.

In an article found on “Student Science: A Resource of the Society for Science and the Public’s” website, Kathiann Kowalski said that when phone’s die some people begin to have panic and anxiety.

She encourages students to ask themselves a few questions.

“How much time do you spend with your phone or other technologies? What activities do you use them for – and why? Do you use the technology when you should be paying attention in class or to other things? And how easily can you go a day – or even a week – without a phone or logging onto a social media or networking site?”