Are You A Smartphone Addict? Take The Test

Posted: July 19, 2012 in Entertainment/Media, Life As We Know It!
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It took me a while to enter the arena and stigma of smartphone user, but alas in November of 2010 I boldly and courageously accepted the challenge of becoming the proud new owner of a smartphone.  For those that are current users, you remember your smartphone honeymoon phase…hours of online research, more hours haggling with customer service reps from Bell, Rogers, Telus, Best Buy and Future Shop, countless more hours devoted to learning everything you could from the user manual…and then…yes…it’s etched deep in your frontal & temporal lobes…your first app download.  Oh the rush of excitement and bliss you felt during those first few weeks…the digital world was just waiting to be conquered by you.

But then it happened…you never saw it coming, but when you finally did it was too late.  You became a smartphone addict!  Soon you started disconnecting from the world around you as your eyes fell prey to the lure and beckoning of the smartphone.  You rolled out of bed in the morning, grabbing for the digital device while still clearing the sleep croutons from your eyes.  You fall asleep at night while app surfing, gaming, and listening to podcasts.  You work an 8 hour day, but really only put in 5  productive hours due to constant ‘checking’…email, facebook and app checking.  Eye contact during conversations has all but disappeared and been replaced with hyper-sensitive texting thumbs.  Diagnosis…smartphone addiction!

Staying connected has become a national obsession, the study found. Nearly 60% of respondents said they don’t go an hour without checking their phones. The younger you are, the stronger that obsession is — 63% of women and 73% of men who make up the millennial generation (ages 18 to 34) said they couldn’t go an hour without checking their phones.” ~Business News Daily, June 25, 2012~

Now I wouldn’t say I’m addicted, although the smartphone addiction test did classify me as having a ‘strong addiction, but I do find myself using my device a fair amount throughout the day.  I could live without it, but certainly wouldn’t want to try!  All humor aside, I do see some ‘red flag’ tendencies in how I use technology, particularly my smartphone…which by the way is a Samsung Galaxy S!  What about you…

Would you classify yourself as a smartphone addict/junkie?
Did the ‘addiction test’ change your perspective?
Do you feel smartphones are a positive contributor, or a detractor to our daily culture?
Is there a mass epidemic of smartphone addiction in society today…and if so…can anything be done to balance the lines of healthy use & obsession?



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