Psychologists have a growing concern with iPhone and other smartphone dependence. People are interacting with their phones when they could be interacting with people. Teens and adults are engaging in addictive behavior, such as checking their phones, when having a conversation with a person face-to-face. Some teens are using words that used to be found only in text-messages, such as, LOL, BRB, while talking with with friends. Some people report that they feel "naked" while they forget their phones or somehow become separated from the device.
Many cannot sleep while their phones are next to their beds. A number of people report checking email in movie theaters when they are supposed to be engaged in the movie. Other people have admitted to doing things on their phones while they were driving or operating heavy equipment. Unfortunately, a distracted driver is often unable to disengage fast enough when an accident is about to happen. Is it a sign of the times, or just bad behavior?
addictive (adj.) – a habit that turns to a need
admit to (v.) – say with difficulty or embarrassment that something is true
dependence (n.) – the state of relying on or needing someone or something for aid, support
concern (n.) – worry
device (n.) a mobile device: smartphone, tablet, iPad, iPod, etc.
disengage (v.) – free or release one's attention to something