Researchers in Australia have proven what we fear to be true: it’s hard for us to put phones down. But hope is in sight.
Technology used to be a route toward relaxation. Watching TV, going to the movies and listening to a favourite CD or recording were all ways to get some much needed R & R. Now that smartphones are part of the parcel however, the winds have changed.
‘Technoference’-everyday intrusions and interruptions people experience due to cell phone use, as defined by this Australian study-is on the rise.
Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology have found that, over the last 13 years, problems related to cell phone use have increased for both men and women.
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People are blaming their phones now more than ever for being less productive, having more body aches and pains and taking more risks while driving.
One in five Australian women and one in eight men are also now saying they’re losing sleep because they spend too much time on their phones.
Has your life gone downhill because of your device?
If you think you may be addicted, Men’sHealth.com recommends installing a monitoring app to find out. Try leaving your phone at home at times when having access isn’t crucial.
Do you break into an anxious sweat the moment you’re out the door? Take a deep breath and remind yourself that you have voicemail and notifications.
The globe is expected to pass 2.5 billion smartphone users this year.