How much are we addicted to our phones? Well, the answer is not pretty as a new study says that we’re pretty much hooked on our shiny little devices.
The results of this study echo the sentiments people from across the pond. A recent study in the U.K has also revealed that “nomophobia” – or the fear of being without a mobile phone – is increasing among Britons.
Lookout has published the 2012 Mobile Mindset Study which we’ll use here in a series of photos to explain further just how addicted we are to our phones.
Look, your phone’s ringing…Not.
It seems that an hour is too long to be separated from our beloved phones. The younger generation is also more addicted to checking their mobile devices.
My phone’s gone! Kill me. Now.
Losing a phone can trigger emotional reaction. Interestingly, we might realize we are overburdened by our phones as 6% said they were “relieved” when their phones were misplaced.
Additionally, here’s a breakdown of the fears Americans have about losing their phones.
Surely, you can relate to losing information or having your data compromised. With today’s smartphones, you basically have your whole contact list as well as maybe other important documents in your mobile phone. Nonetheless, 3% also admitted to having inappropriate photos or text messages on their phones. Hmmm.
Lookout also said that 26% told them they used their phones to take and/or receive explicit photos. Eighteen percent also admitted to “sexting”. Hmmm.
I’m a man. Social constructs say I shouldn’t feel this way.
Men, as it turns out, also get emotional when misplacing a phone. And it’s not only getting angry, it’s about feeling desperate, sick, and relieved.
These emotional reactions, for men and women, are indications that we are addicted to our phones as only things that matter to us a lot can trigger emotional responses.
Where I go, my phone goes.
Americans use their phones everywhere and anytime, short of using them while sleeping. They check on their phones while doing anything too, so it seems. The study reveals that Americans check their phones in bed, while eating with others, while driving, while in a religious service, and even while taking a dump.
Can you relate or not to the results of this new study? We’d love to hear from you on the comments below.
Source: Mobile Mindset Study