Are You Addicted To Your Mobile Phone?
If you wake in the morning and find yourself prodding at your phone’s screen before you’re even fully awake, we hate to say this but you’re a mobile phone addict.
At least you’re not alone. Recent research has revealed that most of us are fast becoming mobile phone addicts.
The majority of people in the US (83%) now own a mobile phone, 35% of these are smartphones, with 49% of people describing themselves as addicted. And in the UK, 27% of adults and 47% of teenagers own a smartphone, with 37% of adults and 60% of teens admitting to being “highly addicted”.
It seems the days of simply keeping your phone for emergencies are gone – nowadays, you’re likely to be found permanently peering at your handset, jabbing it and grunting nonsensically.
People like to text message on their phones and take photos largely, with 73% using their mobiles for these activities. The internet is next at 44%, followed by 42% for entertainment, and 27% for instant data access.
The stats don’t stop there.
Four in ten admit to leaving their phones on at all times, and 40% say they use their phones when on the loo!
More than two-thirds (70%) of you would rather give up alcohol, 63% would sacrifice chocolate and 33% would forgo sex, than be without your mobile.
So what’s the solution to your phone addiction? Well, the most obvious answer is to simply switch your phone off.
Consider, what’s the worst that can happen?
The world will keep turning, and you could get back to living your life how you used to pre-mobile phones. You know, talking to people face-to-face, listening to colleagues in meetings or tutors in lectures...
Mind you, there is the danger of isolation. I mean, how would you get in touch with people if you can’t text or Facebook them? You’d quickly be out of the loop at work with no email access on the move, and just imagine how clogged up your voicemail will get! You’d feel so overwhelmed when you turn your mobile back on that it’s probably easier to just keep it on.
After all, as long as you’re aware of your phone addiction, it’s manageable and you can ensure it doesn’t take over your life - Oh wait, I need to go – my mobile’s ringing!