Hello, I am Bella who introduce Korea to you!
Today, I want to talk about the seriousness of smartphone addiction in Korea!
In Korea, Wi-Fi is everywhere and you can even use Wi-Fi on the subway or bus!
In Korea, there are few places where Wi-Fi is not available!
And Koreans always keep their eyes on their cell phones when they walk on the streets, whether in the subway, bus or street.
And I always watch my cell phone when I eat alone or when I am alone in a cafe.
Korean people’s smartphone addiction is more serious than they thought!
Connecting Wi-Fi and data anywhere is great, but there are side not good effects to it, too!
Recently, the concept of addiction has spread beyond the concept of drug addiction or substance addiction to the concept of “behavioral addiction” from gambling, the Internet, games and smartphones.
Global attention is being paid to the new addiction caused by the fast-developing Internet, smartphone and other media related to the high-tech IT industry.
So far, the development of the nation’s IT sector has been spectacular.
The Internet and games sector have played a big role in the promotion of the national industry. In particular, Korea is the world’s top wireless broadband-enabled country, and it leads the game industry around the world in accordance with the development of the computer environment.
At the same time, however, it is true that South Korea’s high accessibility to the Internet and the rapid spread of smartphones are causing serious problems for behavioral addiction among vulnerable groups, including teenagers.
In particular, a recent survey of people in their teens and 20s, the main users of smartphones, found that more than 10 percent of users are overusing their smartphones, raising the severity of the problem.
The hardware and software of smartphones are rapidly evolving, and by utilizing various applications, our lives are being diversified to an unimaginable level.
Smartphones have many functions besides cell phones, such as computers, mp3s and video players, and are loved by modern people for their many advantages, including the advantages and entertainment of getting the information they want easily anytime, anywhere.
As of the end of 2012, the number of smartphone subscribers in South Korea exceeded 20 million (KBS, 2011 and 11). About half of Koreans now live in the so-called “smart era,” where smartphones are used. We have smartphones on our hands while driving in the car, while walking on the subway, bus, coffee shops and restaurants.
If a smartphone falls out of your hand, it will be a disaster.
However, as many researchers say in the report, this is also likely to be a social problem, as smartphones have all the functions of mobile phones and the Internet, which implies such addiction characteristics as tolerance, withdrawal symptoms, difficulty in everyday life and impulse control disorder.
The rapid spread of smartphones has caused many side effects in addition to their convenience in device use, which has led to a serious problem with the concept of “smart phone addiction.”
The 2012 report on smartphone addiction by the Korea Information Society Agency found that the rate of smartphone addiction in Korea was 8.4 percent, higher than the 7.7 percent rate for Internet addiction.
Given that smartphone addiction rates among teenagers and those in their 20s were higher than those in their 30s and 40s, the company cautiously predicts that the problem will worsen in the future.
Source: [Naver Knowledge Encyclopedia] Smartphone addiction
Actually, I’m practicing getting away from my cell phone. These days, Koreans are experiencing smartphone addiction with great urgency.
There are many people who practice moving away from their cell phones by themselves.
I think it is a very necessary process for Koreans. I also recommend reading books and walking around the landscape rather than using my phone.
I bet many foreigners living in Korea are curious about Koreans’ excessive use of smartphones and find them strange.
Everyone thinks it’s a problem.
I think it’s definitely a habit that Koreans have to change.
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