You’ve seen the zombie-like creatures walking throughout your workplace, shopping center or coffee house, wandering along with their eyes fixated on the flashy little device in the palm of their hand. In fact, you may be one of them.
Smartphones are addictive. It’s no secret. But just HOW addictive are they and what are the long-term consequences of this rapidly emerging habit?
Do you feel naked, nervous and anxious without cell service while on vacation? How many times do you check your phone in a given hour?
Have you ever used your cell phone in the shower, the bathroom? What about your place of worship? (19% of Americans have!)
Here are seven alarming facts—and a few easy suggestions—that might convince you it’s time to stop mindlessly swiping once and for all.
The Data is Shocking!
According to a screen lock app, the average person checks/unlocks his or her cell phone 110 times each day. Those who might fall under the umbrella of this addiction, check their phone up to 900 times.
Your jobs are at Risk!
A study in the UK, from Staffordshire University, was conducted which revealed: “7 percent of people said the use of mobile phones had caused them to lose a relationship or job.”
Phone addicts are at risk of Brain Cancer!
For every 100 hours you talk on the phone, your risk of brain cancer increases by 5%. It’s best to keep calls short whenever possible and reserve long conversations for in-person.
Phones are altering our brains!
According to Price, when we read digital media, the cluttered landscape of links and ads and the short bursts of attention that are required by scrolling and swiping and tweeting result in a contradiction in terms: “an intensely focused state of distraction.” And while that distraction seems like it should be temporary, its effects are actually chillingly long-term. “This type of frequent, focused distraction,” she explains, “isn’t just capable of creating long-lasting changes in our brains; it is particularly good at doing so.”
Phone addiction can be life-threatening!
Drivers ages 15-19 should pay close attention to this statistic. A staggering 21% of fatal car crashes were caused by cell phone usage for drivers between the ages 15-19. What’s worse, drivers who are texting while driving are 23 times more likely to crash than drivers who are not distracted.
Do your friend have that annoying habit of checking the phone and smiling while reading especially when you are trying to talk?? This habit of your friend has got a name, Phubbing. You’d never do that, right?!
A rising obsession among youth!
According to a Wall Street Journal article, one in five school-aged South Korean children experienced depression, anxiety, and sleep problems when separated from their phone. The article stated that children in South Korea are losing their ability to read facial expressions and tone of voice. In other words, they are rapidly losing their social skills, so much that the Government is devoting time and money to addressing the negative side effects of phone addiction.
Most people don’t know that they are smartphones addicts, especially the teenagers. Parents should consider how smartphones are shaping their children present and future phone behavior. Setting smartphone rules for your kids now can pay dividends in the future.