The “cocaine” of technology just turned 10… here’s why we shouldn’t celebrate

The “cocaine” of technology just turned 10… here’s why we shouldn’t celebrate

Thursday, July 06, 2017 by Frances Bloomfield

On June 29, 2017, the iPhone turned 10 years old. Since it was first launched over a decade ago, the iPhone user base has reached over 700 million; that’s 700 million units being used by almost the same amount of people who can’t bear to put their iPhone down nor look away for a second. That’s not an exaggeration. Let’s be honest here, the iPhone is the “cocaine” of technology, and to celebrate its first decade of existence is to celebrate an addiction that eats away at your health.

To use the words “iPhone” and “addiction” isn’t an exaggeration either. Merriam-Webster defines an addiction as a “persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful”. Certainly, iPhone usage doesn’t appear to be the least bit dangerous at first glance, but looking deeper into it will unearth some disturbing facts.