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7 ways the iPhone has made life worse


3. We’re also ignoring one other. Today, Turkle observes, “we ask less of people and more of technology.” Look around you at the playground, the shopping center, the multiplex, on the train platform, and at the Olive Garden: kids are missing out on the attention they need from parents, who are now constantly distracted on their phones (and parents are missing out on what’s really going on in their children’s lives as the kiddies quietly text friends in the back seat of the car). As for the rest of us, we lose out on real conversations with our partners while they’re checking incoming emails at dinner.

4. They’re ruining our relationships. The kinds of relationships we maintain on our phones are generally shallow. Turkle notes that we text people instead of calling now, giving up deeper conversations involving emotions that can’t be conveyed through emojis or LOLs. Social media relationships also tend to be superficial, fueled by likes and quick comments rather than the kinds of private, detailed conversations you’d have over coffee with a close friend. Since the overwhelming majority of Facebook users access the social network on their mobile devices, it’s safe to say that here, too, the iPhone is a culprit. One study found that people with a higher proportion of online interactions were lonelier than those with more in-person interactions. And a study of Facebook users in Australia found that they felt significantly less bonded with their families.
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