FreakyFriday: Weird of the Day – You’re Probably Addicted to Your Smartphone, Study (and Common Sense) Finds

By: iCopywriter Senior Editor, Heather Price-Wright

Actually, the news that smartphone addiction is a very real and very fast-spreading phenomenon is probably not “freaky” so much as, well, obvious. But a new study released by the mobile security firm Lookout revealed some troubling facts about the way we interact with our Crackberries and i-Can’t-Put-it-Down Phones.

  • Most of us – more than 60% of those surveyed – can’t survive a single waking hour without checking our phones.
  • The younger we are, the worse the addiction is. A whopping 73% of women and 63% of men ages 18-34 couldn’t go an hour without looking at their smartphones.
  • It’s not just waking hours, either – 54% of respondents admitted to checking their phones from bed, some even in the middle of the night.
  • With the advent of the smartphone, manners and basic decency seem to have gone out the window, judging by the fact that almost 33% of those surveyed use their phones while eating with others.
  • “Eyes on the road” doesn’t seem to be a rule we live by anymore, either, as 24% of surveyed people said they check their cell phones while driving, as well as engaging in other high-risk smartphone habits.
  • And finally, how sad is this? Almost 75% said they felt “panicked” when they misplaced their cell phones. Only 6%

So, how can you tell if you, too, are suffering from the menace that is smartphone addiction? We’ve come up with a list of behaviors we think might constitute an unhealthy attachment to a little piece of metal and plastic. We admit that some of these apply to us – do you see yourself here, too?

  1. The last thing you do before bed isn’t brush your teeth, say your prayers or even kiss your loved ones goodnight – instead, you check your email and play a word in Words With Friends.
  2. You have panic dreams about life without your Android.
  3. You miss big events because you’re too busy trying to take pictures of them with Instagram and post them to Facebook.
  4. You feel irrational fear on airplanes, not because you’re in a metal tube hurtling through the sky, but because you had to put your phone on airplane mode.
  5. You take your phone with you to the bathroom. Yuck. Seriously, stop doing that.

Have you checked out lately?

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