iPhone Addiction

In a Stanford University study earlier this year, owners of the iPhone smartphone device were surveyed about their habits and feelings involving the phone. Probably to no-one’s surprise, most owners reporting varying some degree of addiction.

Of the 200 students interviewed in the study, 44% reported a 4 or 5 on a scale of 1-5, with 1 meaning “not at all addicted” and 5 meaning “fully addicted.”

But wait, there’s more! Here are some of the highlights from the study, as reported by a Huffington Post article on the topic:

  • Only six percent of students said they weren’t at all addicted to the device, whereas a full 10 percent said they were fully addicted, and 34 percent gave themselves a ‘four’ on the five-point scale.
  • Thirty-two percent of respondents who didn’t report feeling completely addicted did worry that they would eventually become addicted.
  • Eighty-five percent of those surveyed reported using their iPhones as a watch while 89 percent use it as an alarm clock.
  • Seventy-five percent actually confessed to sleeping with their iPhone in bed next to them.
  • It isn’t just phone and clock features making the iPhone so indispensable. As LiveScience notes, ’15 percent of those surveyed said the iPhone was turning them into a media addict; 30 percent called it a ‘doorway into the world’; 25 percent found the phone ‘dangerously alluring’ and 41 percent said losing their iPhone would be ‘a tragedy.”
  • However, as students are using the iPhones to arrange their social lives, they must be careful to not let their addiction create a backlash: Seven percent of the students reported roommates or partners who felt neglected due to the respondent’s iPhone use, giving rise to the term ‘iPhone widow’ for those people who feel as though they’ve lost their significant other to the iPhone.
  • Many of the reported ‘side-effects’ of iPhone use are positive as 70 percent reported being more organized, 54 percent were more productive and 74 percent just felt ‘cool’ having an iPhone.

As somehow who has been in a near panic when trapped without my iPhone, absolutely none of this surprises me. But there’s a certain comfort in knowing I’m not the only one!

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