Yes and No’s of Technology

Done as a Group: Adam Findley, Jose Rodriguez Cruz, and Mady Thomas

 

In Jean Twenge’s article, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation, the health effects on smartphones are discussed and summarized. “It also affects mood: People who don’t sleep enough are prone to depression and anxiety” (Twenge), this statement made us curious about the health and mental effects on humans. Compared to my parents who sleep 8 or more hours at night, the use of smartphones has made insomnia and depression much more accessible. So, do smartphones actually affect us as much as we think or are we taking it out of proportion? This question leads us to become more fascinated with the connection between smartphones and human health.

The three other bibliographies included two that did research and experiments on smartphones and one online newspaper article. One of the research articles discusses the personality changes and facial queues and how smartphones affect those while the other research article discusses how smartphones affect the circadian rhythm due to blue light. The third article discusses how counseling centers are using smartphones in their treatment. Together, these articles discuss how smartphones change and affect human behavior, mood, and health.

 

Annotated Bibliography

Twenge, Jean M. “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media

Company, 19 Mar. 2018, www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/.

In the article by Jean M Twenge, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?, it talks about how kids now are so involved with technology that it has become a factor in affecting mental health. Social media has been a big step with kids, but it has positives and negatives. A positive to this is that kids can be more involved with their friends and talk to them from wherever they can. But, kids can also feel left out of a group, or even be treated badly on social media, something such as rumors or trash talk. Kids are now less involved with people in real life, so their communication skills have plummeted. All in all, the bring up of technology for kids has had positive and negative effects.  

“Technology in 2017: What Impact Does It Have on Mental Health?” In What Ways Can School  

Counselors Positively Influence the Lives of Students? | Bradley University Online, Bradley University , 28 Mar. 2017, https://onlinedegrees.bradley.edu/resources/articles/technology-in-2017-what-impact-does-it-have-on-mental-health/.

In the article Technology in 2017; What impact does it have on mental health?,  it explains the positives and negatives of how technology is used for counselling of mental health. There are plenty of online facilities for counseling where you can even facetime someone for counseling. But the downside to technology with mental health is the fact that it makes people less involved with people in real life. Cyber bullying is also a big problem today. This article mainly explains how technology affects mental health counseling.

Ji-Won, C., Choi, J., Jin-Young, K., Cho, H., Kook-Jin Ahn, Jong-Ho, N., . . . Dai-Jin, K. (2017).

Altered brain activity and the effect of personality traits in excessive smartphone use during facial emotion processing. Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher Group), 7, 1-13. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-08824-y

In this research paper, not only does it try and prove a point on how smartphones affect the emotional process of a person, but it also makes the reader view things in a different way instead of just smartphones are bad for you. The use of smartphones not only does it affect emotional processing but it also might connect to emotional processing during social events or interactions.

This article could be useful because like Jean Twenge’s article, Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation,  it talks about smartphones and the connection they have with behavior and emotions. Twenge’s article talks about how teen behaviors have changed over the years due to smartphones. This is similar to the research paper, Altered brain activity and the effect of personality traits in excessive smartphone use during facial emotion processing, this is because the research paper talks about how smartphones can be connected to the emotional processing of people.

 

Oh, J. H., Yoo, H., Park, H. K., & Do, Y. R. (2015). Analysis of circadian properties and healthy

levels of blue light from smartphones at night. Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher Group), 5, 11325. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep11325

In this Scientific Report, discusses how the blue light produced off of a smartphone can affect your sleeping pattern (Circadian Rhythm) and your health. The use of a smartphone at night in a dark room can directly suppress your melatonin and affect your circadian rhythm, but depending on the type of smartphone displays and the brightness of the phone can lower the effect of the blue light.

Two smartphone displays, OLED and LCD, are used in the majority of phones. The displays don’t affect you but the blue light that it produces can. You can significantly decrease the amount the blue light levels by using the phones at a distance and with the correct brightness setting. Fine tuning the blue light levels in a phone can greatly decrease the effect on your health and circadian rhythm.

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