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Laila Zarfeshan

Comm 108- 11 AM Class
Professor McNelis
4/8/16
Technology Addiction
I.

Technology Addiction
A. How did people live ever live without technology?
1. Well, they did it, meaning it IS possible,
2. Technology, people rely on it every day, making it SEEM impossible
to live without.
B. Have any of you ever been in or seen of these situations? Sad how
people can’t put their phones down.
1. Technology addiction increasing, and it is most common between
the ages of 18-34
C. I have seen the trend of how technology has changed over the years as
have many of you.
1. From the dial up internet days, simply “asking Siri” technology has
changed and it will continue to grow 10 years from now.
D. The problem I’m trying to address: NOT the growing dependency on
technology, but how too much exposure to our handheld devices can
have negative impacts on us.
E. Forecast of Speech
1. Effects that technology addiction can have on us
2. Where I stand on this issue/how I think it could be changed
3. Opposing arguments for increased usage of technology
Transition: What is technology addiction? And how it has changed over
the years.

II.

Technology Addiction Effects:
A. Technology addiction: compulsive NEED to use devices, withdrawal.
B. Number of smartphone users has increased tremendously from six
years ago.

1. 2010 vs 2015, smartphone users increasing.
C. According to the Mobile Mindset Study done by the security app
“Lookout;”
1. 58% of smartphone users, don’t go ONE HOUR without checking
their mobile devices.
D. The study also focused on: locations where people use phones.
1. Unconventional, but these days according to the study, there are
very common.
E. Graph of how individuals felt when misplacing phones.
Transition: I’m not “anti-technology, but there are limits to how
frequently people check them.
III.

My Position:
A. I think technology has been helpful to society, nowadays people abuse
technology usage, can experience negative psychological effects.
B. Addiction to technology has been linked to depression and agitation
according to a study done by phycologists at University of Leeds in
England.
C. The psychologists found “addicted” internet users, experience
depression.
1. The article’s lead author, Dr. Morrison: “What is clear is that, for a
small subset of people, excessive use of the internet could be a
warning signal for depressive tendencies.”
2. Individuals part of study: lack of concentration, and agitated
movements.
D. If people continue ignoring technology over usage, leave individuals
unable to communicate effectively with others, devalue human
interaction.
1. I think people should be educated more fully about all of the
possible effects (both mental and physical)
E. Specific quote from Dr. Morrison, and another segment from the article.

Transition: Now although there are proven mental disadvantages to technology
addiction, since technology is on the rise, more usage is needed.

IV.

The Opposition:
A. “Technology is our future.”
B. Face interaction is way more important than interaction with our devices.
1. For ex: In future, interviews or meetings, studies done by students at
MIT show interpersonal communication is lacking due to technology
addiction.
C. According to Sherry Turkle, a professor at MIT: “this new form of
communication is altering our face-to-face skills, and it is creating a
population of people who are increasingly lonelier and more
overwhelmed.”
1. Start making an effort to not look down at our phones so often, actually
talk to each other more often.
D. Quote from Sherry Turkle, Image of teens not communicating while
looking down at their phones.
Transition: There are definitely pros and cons to most things in life, and
technology is no expectation.

V.

Conclusion:
A. To wrap it up, I think that there are more downsides than benefits to
this addiction
B. Technology has redefined what it means to communicate

C. Reduce this addiction, decrease amount of times we check our phones.
D. You may even see positive changes in your mood and behavior
E. If we can make this SMALL adjustment to our lives, increase
interpersonal communication
F. Quote by Einstein. Actually look up from your phone for a change. If we
can do that, we can observe what is going on around us, and not let
moments pass us by.
G. Thank You
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