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Hi, My Name’s Tony and I’m a Mobile Addict

Sep 14, 2012

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How often do you look at your smartphone? A recent study by Nokia proves it may be a lot more than you think. According to the report, people look at their phones around 150 times per day,  or about once every 6.5 minutes.

So are we addicted to our mobile devices? Some recent studies suggest that if we aren’t, we sure are into them.

The TIME Mobility Poll, completed in cooperation with Qualcomm, surveyed 4,700 people online and 300 by phone in eight countries, revealed:

  1. 84% said they couldn’t go a single day without their mobile devices in hand
  2. 30% said that being without their mobile for even short periods leaves them feeling anxious
  3. 43% have used texting to ask someone out on a date
  4. If forced to choose, 65% opted to take their mobile device with them in the morning instead of their lunch; 44% would leave their wallets at home in favor of their device 

A smaller survey of 1000 people from Gazelle.com showed that customers trading in their iPhones discovered:

  1. 65% couldn’t live without their smartphone
  2. 25% "almost always" use their smartphone in a social setting such as during a meal or while at a party (what happened to manners?)
  3. 18% would give up bathing before their smartphone
  4. 15% would give up sexbefore their smartphone


And lastly, check out this recent infographic from the folks at Mashable.

We’re sensing a slight addiction. But being hooked on news, information, and communication with friends and family isn’t that bad...is it? In the end, it’s all about moderation. Maybe we could try to rein it in by looking at our phones only 4-6 times an hour? Sure, right after this tweet…

(H/T to Mashable, TIME)