Top 2 Reasons why Cannot Live from your Smartphone – Apple recently announced the launch of the iPhone’s 8 and iPhoneX, which comes with a sleek new features. Apple is also hoping to start a new community around the iPhone. Ahead of the launch, Angela Ahrendts, head of marketing at Apple, said that their outlets will be called the “town square” (Town Squares) and function as a public space, complete with a gathering place outside and indoors.
Product launch of the much-desired followed by millions of people who watched the event via a live broadcast and on internet forums, blogs, and news media.
I include among them.
So, what makes people interested in this mobile phone? Of course, not mere innovative design or relations with the community. As a pastor, a psychotherapist, and researchers who study our relationship with handheld devices, I’m sure there are other things behind it.
Indeed, in my opinion, as I pointed out in the book Growing Down: Theology and Human Nature in the Virtual Age of pervasive mobile phones into our basic human longing.
These three reasons why we love our mobile phones.
1. Part of the extended self
Awareness about ourselves we begin to form since in the womb. However, the development of our understanding of themselves quickly after we’re born. A newborn first drape himself to the primary caregiver and the next on the objects — with this developing so-called “extended self” (extended self).
America’s leading 20th century psychologist William James included the first person to propose the existence of a concept of self expandable. In his book Principles of Psychology James defines itself as “the totality of all things that someone could call it as his own, not just body and his psychic powers, but also his clothes, his house, his wife and his children.” Missing one of these self expansion — could include money or other valuable objects — according to him could cause a great sense of loss. Early childhood, for example, infant and toddler crying when they suddenly lose their favorite dolls or dot, objects that become part of the “expanded” them.
Mobile phones, in my opinion, has a similar role. I can feel uneasy if it dropped the phone or can not find where my phone is. In my experience, a lot of people who feel that way. It also reflected how often most of us check out gadget that we got.
Psychologists Larry Rosen and his colleagues at the California State University found that 51% of individuals who were born in the 1980 ‘s and 1990 ‘ 60s experienced anxiety levels are to high when they hindered their gadget to check for more than 15 minutes. Interestingly, this percentage is slightly dropped to 42% in those born between 1965 until 1979.
This is primarily because they live in the moment the handheld devices have just emerged. For this group, when they are teenagers or young adults phone into an extension of the self.
2. Reminds the relationship full of affection
Not just a self-expanding, sophisticated mobile phone (smartphone), with games, applications and notifications, has become a very important aspect of our reasoning about themselves.
This way your mobile phone do this:
Tracing the psikodinamika theory, which holds that childhood experiences shape the personality, I would argue that our relationship with technology similar to the environment that we create when the parents take care of us. This environment, wrote psychiatrist United Kingdom Donald w. Winnicot, working around a touch, a keen consciousness about the needs of infants, as well as establish and maintain eye contact.
In the same way, we as adults, experienced the return of touch and a sense of belonging through our mobile phone. Technology provides a space in which the self can be slaked, play, and feel alive — the space that was previously provided by the caregiver.
When we grasp the phone, it reminds us of the intimate moments — whether from childhood or adult life. Chemical substances brain dopamine and oxytocin, the hormone of love play a role in creating a sense of “the hangover” opium, invaded. The chemical substances it also creates a sense of belonging and attachment.
Grasping the phone has the same effect as when parents looked at his son with loving or when two lovers mutually bertatapan. In the Apple Executive Philip Schiller greeting: iPhone X “learn who you are”.
Theological reflection also supports what we learn about dopamine and oxytocin. Judeo-Christian traditions, for example, identifying God as the God who seeks an intimate face-to-face and create a loving environment. In the Gospel, Chapter 6:24-26, we read:
“God bless and protects you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and love you.