Are We the Experiment?
How long has it been since you last checked your phone? 5 minutes? 1 minute? 10 seconds? Did you imagine that last vibration? In 2021, that smart phone of yours – is a ﬁxture of you – and for many in our world, they don’t even know escape is an option. Digital addiction is a hidden epidemic among us, and it has our society in a vice grip. Modern society is affected by the revolution of the smart phone in many difﬁcult ways ranging from abuse of digital use, depression, changing family dynamics, serious hinderances to development in youth, and even total technological dependence on the devices. According to Pew Research Center, 77 percent of U.S. adults own a smartphone, and adoption has more than doubled since 2011 and that rapid adoption has created numerous social and health problems within our society. Our ﬁlm “Tethered” addresses the trends surrounding the dependency on our smart devices, educates on the scientiﬁc reasons why this is happening, and promotes a platform for all of us to ﬁnally overcome this seemingly entrapping companion to our regular life.