MOBILE PHONE ADDICTION Most Britons are unable to make it through dinner at home without checking their phones, according to a recent survey conducted by a public opinion poll, a clue to the current level of technology addiction.
More than half (55%) of the participants in the YouGov poll said they checked their phone while they were serving dinner, and 53% admitted they were checking their mobile phone even when dining out with friends or family, according to a report by the British company, quoted by Press Association.
In a similar percentage (54%), respondents said they did not last for more than two days without the mobile phone being disturbed.
Experts warn that mobile phone addiction is a real social problem and should be taken seriously.
Google and Apple want to improve digital welfare
Both Google and Apple have responded to the increasingly heated debate over the impact of mobile phone use on health by introducing user management tools and time-shifting tools into their devices in an effort to address and improve digital welfare.
Some national campaigns such as Scroll Free September, which promote a thirty-day break from using social media accounts, have also been launched to raise awareness and help users to reduce the time they spend on mobile devices.
“Smartphones will take control of our lives”
Russell Feldman, director of digital research, media, and technology at YouGov, believes that “smartphones will take control of our lives”.
”Throughout the country, the overhanging view over the small screens became ubiquitous. But our research demonstrates how attached we are to our mobile phones – perhaps even without that”, said Feldman.
Mobile phone addiction and blue light can cause sleep disturbances
The analysis also shows that two-thirds of mobile phone users (65%) check their devices in bed, despite the fact that sleep disturbances have been associated with the blue light emitted by their screens.
Some manufacturers have introduced special features for the night environment so as to reduce the amount of blue light emitted by the devices, an attempt to reduce the impact of their use during the night.
”Our survey suggests that traditional conversations are eliminated in favor of checking the most recent email, notifications or messaging, and we can only speculate the impact that this has on relationships with colleagues, friends and even close family members”, said Feldman.