Smartphone Addiction: Fact or Fiction?

24 Nov 2014

Let me guess -- you’ve probably got your smartphone on you right now. Heck, you may even be reading this on you iPhone or HTC.  

Am I right? Well, take a look at these astounding statistics.

  • 90% of 18-29 year olds sleep with their smartphone.

  • 89% of undergraduates at a Midwestern university in the US have reported experiencing “phantom vibrations”.

  • The average smartphone user spends more than 80% of their phone time on non-voice activities.

These numbers were pulled from a recent report published by Mashable (and sponsored by MasterCard) called Mobile Minded, a study that captures and analyzes the relationship between humans and their mobile devices.

In recent years, the rise of smartphones has been exponential and inspired. Apps have taken off and are now clearly more than games and photo editors, but also useful tools that shape our daily lives.

From the various statistics presented in Mashable’s report, it’s evident that the average person is frighteningly dependent upon his or her smartphone. We’re not just checking our phones 24/7, but also letting them get in the way of our real life interactions.

In fact we’re so dependent, that smartphones have even got us hallucinating--hence the coining of the term “phantom vibrations”, the phenomenon when you think your phone is vibrating, when it isn’t.

Mobile Minded poses several key questions:

  • Are smartphones changing the way humans experience love?

  • If we change the way in which we communicate, how will that affect our overall interaction with the world?

  • Is artificial intelligence (think Siri and A.I.) a defining aspect of our looming future?

Of course, this realm of technology is too large and undefined for anyone to give definite answers. All we can really do is look at the statistics, gape and awe a bit, then try to make sense of how dependent we are on smartphones within our own, personal lives.

Nonetheless -- whether it be for better or worse -- it seems that smartphones and apps have changed the world we live in rather permanently. There really is no going back.

What do you think?

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