The new Samsung Galaxy S III. And upcoming iPhone 5 or whatever they're going to call it next. It seems that we've gotten ourselves a new addiction and it's known as a smartphone addiction! Has it gotten out of hand already? Is it time we break up with our devices?
Harvard Professor Leslie Perlow, who wrote Sleeping with your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way you Work (Harvard Business Review Press, 2012), would say the answer is yes. And we have to agree.
Our phones have become the first thing we reach for when we wake up and the last thing we see before we sleep. At least for most of us. I have to admit that I have an intimate relationship with my phone. I feel uneasy going anywhere without it.
There’s strong evidence that we’ve developed a new mobile mindset that affects our thoughts, emotions and behavior, according to a study sponsored by Lookout, a mobile security company.
Staying connected has become an obsession. What more with FOMO - fear of missing out syndrome, nearly 60% of respondents to a study said they don't go an hour without checking their phones. (I'm one of them). And the younger you are the stronger that obsession is. My younger cousin who's 18 is constantly on his phone.
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.
Our mobile attachment also causes us to transgress the rules of etiquette — and common sense — to stay connected, the study found.
Do you check your phone during a meal? While sharing a meal with others? Guilty!
While we may be emotionally overinvested in our devices, it's time we stop to smell the roses a bit. Talk a little bit more instead of texting. Express yourself more than just a click of "Like". Spend one hour a day, ignoring your phone - which means all notifications like emails, messages and social networking. In a time where technology is so prevalent, I'm sure we can do just one hour a day without it.