Why the Mobile Phone Is So Addicting

For better or worse, we’re a stream of good and bad habits.

Digital habits in particular are both beneficial and harmful. The mobile phone is always on and so is our constant need to check it for email, Instagram, Tweets, Facebook, Draw Something, and the latest news or sports scores.

Checking our phones is addicting because it’s super fast. With a click of a finger, an app can be opened so we can scan our feeds. App after app, times passes by.

The main challenge with digital consumption is frequency and the plurality of apps. You can’t just visit one app. And you can’t just own one app. Apps are incredibly useful pieces of entertainment, education, and content production.

Because we’re all published authors and photographers on the Internet there’s an extra need to check our phones for stats. Some people will even delete an Instagram photo in the first few minutes if it doesn’t get enough likes. Positive and instant feedback is a expectation, so strong that it can makes us happy or sad.

The mobile phone is an extension of how we think and feel. We want to be connected, creative, and responsive all day long. The mobile phone has transformed us for better and for worse. There are just too many advantages to do away with it completely. In many ways, we are one with it.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.