People Crave Phones The Same Way They Crave Food Or Water

If you say that food and water are the necessities of life, you’re right, but now phones fall into that list?

By nowproducerdave on August 13, 2018
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We’re a connected bunch of people. I feel like I write some sort of story at least once a week about some sort of device. I probably do, but there’s a lot of information out there about habits and devices. This story is no different, but it has to do with life necessities.

You might see your children if you have them, maybe young cousins, kids at the mall – whatever – on their phones. Heads turned down, faces lit up by the blue light emanating from their devices. It’s everywhere – schools, malls, Target, traffic lights, it’s a never-ending sea of backlight. But there’s this new research that says people crave their phones just as much as they crave food or water. When does something officially cross the line to becoming a problem? Hard to say, but I think this is a pretty good clue.

20% of the people asked say that could go about a day without their phones. Makes sense, that’s a reasonable enough amount of time to be without a phone to really start wanting to check things. The scary part is that 19% of the same group say they could go without food or water for 3 days. For argument’s sake we’ll just say that the same number of people could last 3 days without the absolute necessities of life, but could only go one day without a phone. Some more interesting facts – 25% of people in the group say they have used the phone (for calls) while using the bathroom. 22% say the first thing they do when waking up is check the phone. A mere 10% say they greet their spouse with a kiss when waking up. That’s sad.

There’s a lot more to read over here, and it’s a good look from an outside point of view.

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