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July 30, 2015
AUTHOR: Emilie
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This morning, I read Gallup Poll: nearly half of all smartphone users are addicted by Lauren Caccamo on Bit-of-News. I knew I just had to write a reaction to share with you. This was, after all, the main reason I started my blog.

So let’s address this article point by point-

Caccamo cites this Gallup poll for her piece. Now, I urge you to go read both pieces. Really. I’ll wait. …

Do you see was Caccamo did there? She took that Gallup poll where people said they couldn’t imagine living without their cell phones and may experience anxiety without their phones and escalated it to “addicted,” probably because it made for a better headline.

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Caccamo edits the Gallup image to add on that “Most young women will literally die without their phones.” This is absurd because that is not what the research says at all. Caccamo extrapolation is frustrating and frankly upsetting. Journalism is meant to present the information not manipulate it, which is what Caccamo does.

Fifty-eight percent of women cannot imagine their lives without smartphones. You know what else I can’t imagine my life without? Electricity. Hot water. An indoor stove. I have lived my whole life with these amenities, so no, I can’t imagine my life without them. Does that mean I die when there’s a power outage or the water is shut off for construction? Does that mean I have a heart attack because my cell phone dies? No. Will I try to borrow a charger? Yes. In the same way, I might go to the gym to shower.

Attention-grabbing headlines about addictions might sell, but journalism shouldn’t be able selling. It should telling it like it is.

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