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I have made a study of human communication -- interpersonal as well as mass media.  I am intrigued by tremendous changes in human interaction in recent years.  The computer, Internet, smart phones and social media have dramatically changed the way we interact with each other.  Human discourse hasn't changed, but the mediums by which we communicate have..."and that has made all the difference".

 

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I Love My Smart Phone

I love my smart phone.  I use it all the time.  I check send email, post to Facebook, twitter and other social media sites; text, check the weather, take pictures, read books, check for breaking news, look up obscure facts, search for all sorts of things, even use it as a flash light ... oh yeah, and I use it to make and receive phone calls.

A recent study conducted by Harris Interactive in June, 2013, found that 72% of smartphone owners are within 5 feet of their devices the majority of the time.   Well count me in that 72%.  Except when I go to the gym or go out for a run, I always have my cell phone on or near me!

And we use our phones at some rather interesting times:

Jumio-US-Smartphone-Addiction-July2013

Haha, well I am guilty of using mine while driving (for talking), at the theater (while waiting for the movie to start) and on a dinner date, but only if my companion pulls out their phone first, or goes to the bathroom!  But at church? in the shower? or during sex?  Yikes!

Looking specifically at the Gen-Y generation, this smart phone “addiction” is strong.  A study by Cisco and Perfomics found that 3 out of 4 of 18-29 year olds check their phone as soon as they wake up.  40% check them every 10 minutes.  (Guilty! even though I'm long out of that demographic)

These 18-29 year olds feel more dependent on their smart phone than they do their laptop or desktop.  (The same is true of 30-49 year olds, it's only when we get to the 50+ crowd that the desktop takes precedence).

Performics-Device-Dependence-by-Age-Dec2012

 

These statistics really aren't surprising when you consider that these Millennials grew up with smart phones.  I doubt that many of them even have a land line!

They use their phone constantly:

  • 76% use their devices in bed
  • Over 30% use them in the bathroom
  • Over 50% use them during social meals.

And the most common use for the phone among these 18-29-year-olds in the study was:

  • Log in to social networks (62%)
  • Check the weather forecast (58%)
  • Review their calendar and appointments (56%)
  • Check or send emails (56%)

How (and where) do you use your smart phone?  Could you live without it now that it has become ubiquitous?

Comments   

 
0 #6 Grace 2013-07-20 09:12
I often marvel at the about if technology we carry around in our pocket (or purse). it is staggering what we can do with our "phones"
 
 
0 #5 Susan Cooper 2013-07-19 23:17
Wow those statistics are startling. By the way, Hi my name is Susan and I too am addicted to my smart phone. :-) I do all the same activities that you do like connecting to social media, reading news and blogs, etc. :-)
 
 
0 #4 Grace 2013-07-19 08:49
I had the same reaction. Could you imaging answering a call or sending a text -- talk about a mood breaker!
 
 
0 #3 Cassi 2013-07-19 08:37
Almost choked on my bagel reading the stat about using smartphones during sex. I'm addicted to my phone but not that much! My husband complains about how much I'm on it so next time I can say at least I'm not using it then! LOL
 
 
0 #2 Grace 2013-07-18 14:07
Tiny computer is exactly what it is!! Just wait until them embed them into our bodies!!!
 
 
0 #1 Barbara Hockley 2013-07-18 13:30
During sex!!! I can't even begin to get my head round that. Definitely have a very strong attachement to my 'phone' although making calls is way down the list of things to do. I can also report that all the cast of my youth theatre show are so addicted to phones I've even seen them using them in the wings waiting to go on. One hissy fit later & the phone disappears but where? Somewhere within their costume ... so that means it gets to go on stage - yikes! How long before a member of cast takes a call in the middle of a play. I really can't imagine living without my phone - or tiny computer as I think of it!
 

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