At war with a satellite

  • Iwan Hughes Nottingham Trent University


I am guilty to admit that my iPhone alerts me weekly that my screen time averages around six hours per day.  That is six hours a day where I am taking in visual media, most of which is nonsensical.  Scientifically, this most common of addictions can be traced to the release of dopamine whenever a person is on their phone.  It is incredibly pleasurable, but arguably incredibly self-limiting.  Neil Postman argues in his book 'Amusing Ourselves to Death' that as a society we are becoming obsessed with information that has no effect on our lives; he defines this as the 'Information Action Ratio'. So, next time you are in the park with your friends, stay off Instagram and appreciate the company and surroundings nearby. 

Author Biography

Iwan Hughes, Nottingham Trent University


How to Cite
HUGHES, Iwan. At war with a satellite. Literary Cultures, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 2, apr. 2021. ISSN 2516-3310. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 03 feb. 2023.