The Smartphone Addiction Series Continues, Breaking Many Boundaries Along the Way
We have been discussing the theme of smartphone addiction for some time now and this may even have lead to a self-diagnosis. Now we turn our attention to some of the facts regarding the pervasiveness of smartphones in the physical environments we inhabit. Moreover, we need to look at how this addiction is compromising our interactions and relationships with others.
Before presenting the facts, let me set the context. You are at a restaurant with a friend, a family member or a colleague and everything you tell them is going through one ear and flying out the other. The lack of any real conversation stems from the simple fact that your lunch/dinner partner is more intrigued by their smartphone than they are by you. We have all been on one side or the other.
The 2013 Mobile Customer Habits study sought to answer the question “Where are U.S. Adults Using Smartphones?” As insinuated in the title of this article, we are not only bringing our devices (namely our smartphones) to the work place; we are bringing them absolutely everywhere. 72% of smartphone owners report being within 5 feet of their smartphones the majority of the time. 33% use their smartphones in movie theaters, 33% on a dinner date and 19% in a church or place of worship (omg indeed). And it gets weirder. 12% have used their smartphones in the shower (how does that even work?). If you ask me, if a text is that urgent, the shower can wait.
In a previous post of mine, I refer to Leslie Perlow’s book cleverly titled Sleeping with Your Smartphone. In an ironic twist, the Customer Habits study reports that 9% of adults admit to having used their smartphones during sex. This number jumps to 20% among those aged 18-34. These results make it quite clear that we lack boundaries when it comes to smartphone use. It’s high time we define the blurred lines between use and abuse.
Ken Hess, expert Windows and Linux system administrator and freelance writer on all things IT, tackles these findings in his article “Using smartphones during sex and in the shower beyond BYOD”. His overall sentiment on the matter is that “the rules of good behavior have been digitized and deleted from our collective memories.”
Manners and good behavior aside, safety is also at issue, as 55% of respondents admit to using their smartphones while driving. It goes without saying that we should know better. Every province in Canada has some sort of mobile phone/distracted driving legislation, and for good reason. In 2011, at least 23% percent of car crashes involved mobile phones for a total of 1.3 million phone-driven collisions.
Our smartphone is acting as a ball and chain as we are reluctant to leave its side. So, for the sake of your personal relationships, your safety and perhaps even your sanity, take back control of your smartphone-dominated life. It's not overly complicated; just abide by Ken Hess’ list of places you should never use your smartphone.
At family functions
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