Hooked on your smartphone? Kick the habit in 2015!
Posted by GreenSwanStaff at December 30th, 2014
For pet-loving America, we know the tide has shifted when a recent survey revealed that one third of Americans would now choose to “rescue” their smartphone over their pets in the event of a life-threatening fire. It’s time to acknowledge that we, as a nation, are hooked on our smartphones.
Like any addiction, we can’t seem to get enough of it and the marketers are clever to understand our insatiable appetite for all things “smart.” New apps and social media grab and hold onto our attention and loyalty. User friendly software makes our data searches more seamless and with our “permission,” reveals our important user patterns to potential advertisers. According to the Economist, “four-fifths of smartphone owners check their devices within 15 minutes of waking up, and that the typical user does so 150 times a day.”
We have all found ourselves easily drawn into our smartphones in response to some insignificant communication. Too often, these interruptions can occur when we our out socializing with friends, family or business associates. When cell phones first made way into our social lives, there were unwritten rules of etiquette. Answering your cellular device while out dining at a restaurant was considered inappropriate. Now it has morphed into the norm.
Lastly, as we ponder our addictive relationship with our smartphones, let’s not lose sight of the potential health consequences that may come from overuse. Most cellphones have been tested for a safety use of only 6 minutes a day. Recent studies have also shown that the overuse of smartphones with our fingers touching the screen may have adverse effects on the cortex of the brain. These are more good reasons to curb our use of smart devices. So in 2015, try to engage in real “face time” by strengthening the human connection through physical conversation and uninterrupted time spent with people. Resist the temptation to retreat into your phone. Remember: There is a big, wide world out there just waiting to be encountered!