Is your mobile phone killing you?

I think we all know how pervasive the mobile phone has become in our everyday lives. That feeling of anxiety if we haven’t got it in our pocket; being out of touch or disconnected. The need to frequently check if we’ve received a new email or text. However, even I was surprised by some of the statistics revealed in this Infographic.

  • 43% of iPhone users would go without shoes for a week rather than temporarily be without the phone
  • 73% of people sleep with the smarphone on their bed
  • The average person checks their phone 150 times per day
  • 53% feel anxiety if they run out of battery or credit or have no network coverage.

There’s also the problem of “nomophobia” (no mobile phone phobia) – fear of losing your phone. Not sure what treatment is available for this 🙂

I was also unaware that some companies (Microsoft and Apple are mentioned) that encourage tech-free getaways to resorts prohibiting technology. Wether or not the delegates benefit from the experience or return from their break as quivering heaps, with symptoms of nomophobia is anyone’s guess!

I think you can’t go too far wrong with the mantra “everything in moderation” – whether that’s food or mobile phones. But no doubt we’ll soon see the first clinics and treatments for mobile phone addiction springing up – or maybe they already have?

Cell Phones Kill
Created by: Online Masters Degree

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About Steve Dale

Stephen Dale is both an evangelist and practitioner in the use of Web 2.0 technologies and Social Media applications to support personal development and knowledge sharing. He has a deep understanding of how systems and technology can be used to support learning and facilitate smarter working, where connections and conversations are the key to self-development and creativity within the organisation.
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