It is no doubt that almost everyone has a smartphone if you don’t have one, then you will definitely feel out of place especially if you are in public. However, since smartphones have taken over the world, it has become the center of people lives that they simply cannot go a day without touching or looking at their phones.
It seems like it has been glued to their hands 24/7. This, of course, have not so good effects that since people tend to spend more time on their phones than being on the dealing with the real world, which is why a man decided to build a company that may be the solution to smartphone addiction.
Smartphone Addiction Cure
A man named Graham Dugoni told Washington Post that he has managed to find a perfect solution for people who can’t seem to get enough of their smartphones. He is the man behind Yondr, which is a company that produces small pouches that could swallow the phone and lock it away from the owner’s sight and touch.
This company was founded in 2014 and has managed to ship pouches all over the United States as well as some countries in Europe and all over Australia. These pouches have been used by schools, concerts, medical facilities, courtrooms and other events that smartphones aren’t allowed to be used. These pouches have locks and will stay with their owners until they are done with whatever event they are in.
These pouches can be rented especially by schools, in fact, over 600 schools all over the United States have used these pouches. One of them a local high school in the state of California which is the San Lorenzo High School.
They have started to use these Yondr pouches from the first period up to the last. According to the teachers and facilitators, the students’ grades have indeed gone up remarkably. Their principal, Allison Silvestri even mentioned how the disciplinary behavior of the students has been exceptional.
Students are also interacting with one another more compared to before, most of them are participating in activities since they don’t have a phone that would distract them from it.
According to the founder, people would be agitated since they couldn’t get their hands on their phones and they can’t even see or check it, which is exactly the purpose. He also mentioned how this definitely works fast since people’s attention would then be shifted to important matters which is the reason why they needed the pouch in the first place.
With the help of these pouches, you would notice how people seem to act normally since they’re interacting and communicating with others, which is exactly how it’s supposed to be. Without these pouches, people would spend more time looking and checking updates on their smartphones instead of simply engaging themselves with other people.
Why Are Smartphones Addictive?
Not everyone can get a Yondr pouch, and some want more of a mental exercise so they could stop themselves from being addicted to their phones so much.
Smartphones weren’t exactly made to be so addictive, it is just a phone after all. According to the latest statistics, an average person in the United States checks his or her smartphone almost 47 times a day and it is more than that if he or she is a teenager or a young adult.
Experts consider this as a controversial matter which is why psychologist has to get involved, and according to some of them it is not exactly the smartphones that are making people very into it, it is actually what is inside the phone and what it could do. Most people, especially those are 30 and below, have this thing called FOMO or the Fear Of Missing Out.
Smartphones are the device that is used to be able to get access to social media platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter.
That kind of fear of missing out happens when a person is afraid of not being up to date on what is going on in social media, which is why they make sure to have their phones at all times.
This is the same case as to think that people are obsessed with WiFi, they don’t really have any obsession with WiFi, they are more into what WiFi could actually provide for them that’s why they need to stay connected all the time.