Smartphones thing of the past. Even though Sarwar

            Smartphones are one of the most
controversial topics in the world today. While some
people view smartphones as mankind’s greatest invention, I see it as one of the
most annoying thing ever created. Therefore,
I strongly disagree with Muhammad Sarwar’s article, “Impact of smartphones
on society” from the European Journal of Scientific Research, in which he
claims that the development of smartphones have improved our lives greatly. While it is true that smartphones have
revolutionized communication, it is also hindering our lives. Smartphones have a negative effect on face to face
conversations, education, and driving ability.  

            In Sarwar’s article, he pointed out
that smartphones provide a better means of communication. However, that’s not necessary true. Although smartphones allow you to connect with
people all the over world, it can also disconnect you with those nearby.  In today’s
society, people tend to have fewer face to face conversations due to
distracting apps such as Facebook and Twitter on their smartphones. In fact, some people check their phone all day long. You see it everywhere, go outside and you’ll notice
people with their faces glued on their smartphone. Ryan Dwyer
of the University of British Columbia said, “Smartphones can lead to
distraction, which ends up undermining the benefits of social interaction” (Dwyer
1). By constantly using our smartphones,
we are lessening social interaction. Rather
than enjoying conversations with others, we get easily distracted by email
messages and social media. Thus, this
leads us to ignoring those nearby. Every time
you are distracted by your phone; you are missing out on having an actual
conversation with someone. As a
result of always using our smartphones to check Facebook, news, and emails, it
seems like face to face conversations have become a thing of the past.

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            Even though Sarwar argues that smartphones
can be a very useful learning instrument, smartphones are also hurting academic
performance. In Impact of Smartphones
Addiction on Business students ‘Academic Performance: A Case Study, the author,
Shamsul Arefin of the Uttara University, collected data from 43 students
at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), a business school from São Paulo, Brazil, his
analysis yielded a significant negative relationship between total time spent
using smartphones and academic performance (Arefin 960). Clearly, it is fair to say that there is a huge
correlation between smartphones and students’ academic performance. Many teens get easily distracted by their
smartphones because it gives them an easy access to social media and
entertainment. In class, students lose
focus from the lessons to check news feed and play games. They may also stop listening to the class lecture
when notification appears. In
addition, teachers tend to have a difficult time keeping students engaged in
class, because students can simply play with their smartphone when they become
bored with the class material. Because learning
requires constant focus, it is fair to say that smartphones limit students’
ability to learn due to its distracting features.

            In addition, Sarwar argues that smartphones
increases out safety. For
instance, every time there is a crime such as kidnapping or murder nearby, our
phone will buzz in order to keep us informed and on the lookout. This is generally true, but he doesn’t take into
account that smartphones use greatly increases the risk of car accidents. There’s no denying that ever since the innovation
of smartphones, car accidents have tremendously increased. Many drivers are tempted to use their smartphone
because it allows them to not only browse the web, but also to read text and
send email. According to Sanaz Motamedi
and yh-Hone Wang of the University of Rhode Island, “sixty percent of drivers
read (but do not respond to) a text or e-mail while driving, and 25% of drivers
read and respond to a text or e-mail while driving” (Motamedi and Wang 325). In addition, because many Americans use their
smartphone when driving, nearly 25% of all car crashes in the United States involved
cell phone distraction (Motamedi and Wang 325). Clearly, it
is fair to say that there is a huge correlation between car accidents and
smartphones. As a result, numerous
amounts of lives are lost every year due to the development of smartphones.

            In conclusion Muhammad Sarwar thinks the
development of smartphones have improved our lives greatly. Clearly, it does not because smartphones have a
negative effect on face to face conversations, education, and driving ability.  Therefore, smartphones are actually hindering
society rather than improving it.


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