Have We Become a Nation of Smartphone Addicts?
It seems we've become a nation of smartphone addicts. Why? Well, many of us check these devices the moment we wake up, incessantly throughout the day and just before going to bed, according to a recent survey from ReportLinker. In fact, many admit to checking their phones in the middle of the night. Apparently, the lure of social media, the email in-box, photo apps and news sites is too tempting for many users. However, according to a surprising finding, only a minority of smartphone owners conduct this sort of personal activity while at work. "It's hard to believe that just 10 years ago, Steve Jobs introduced the first iPhone at MacWorld in San Francisco," according to an article accompanying the survey, 'For Most Smartphone Users, It's a 'Round-the-Clock' Connection.' Since then, the smartphone, that ubiquitous device and our best friend, has become ingrained in our daily routines from morning to night. We respond to work issues from commuter trains or the gym, share photos of our tropical vacations, ask Siri what the weather is back home in New York City. And yes, some of us … use it to make a phone call from, well, wherever we happen to be." A total of 536 U.S. smartphone users took part in the research.