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Can People Survive Without Smartphones?

How long could you last without your smartphone: a day or two? Maybe a week? Would it be a truly great discomfort if you left your precious mobile assistant at home? Is there a fear that you’d lose something important? There has been a lot of talk about the fact that computers and Internet are highly addictive. Now this kind of addiction is mobile, it’s unchained and with us, anywhere we go. The more we use mobile devices, the stronger the urge to check them once again: within one hour of waking up, all along the daytime, and just before going to sleep. We have found an interesting infographic with some statistics about surviving without smartphones:

– Among the 800+ surveyed smartphone owners around the world, 84% believe that the so-called smartphone addiction actually exists, while 71% said to know at least one person who they thought had it.

– 52% confessed their own addiction to mobile devices, and 57% expressed worries about the possible increase of their smartphone usage in the future. 45% check smartphones at least once an hour.

– 61% agreed that they wouldn’t make it through a week without a mobile device; 66% said they wouldn’t make it through just one day.

– 36% of the surveyed said they were very concerned about smartphone addiction in general; 48% have moderate concerns about that, while 16% expressed none.

– For how much money would you agree to spend a week without your gadget? 44% said they would, being paid at least $100, while 19% would ask for more than $500.

There was also the second part of the survey: 7 people were subject to not using smartphones for one week. This one has also shown lots of interesting details:

– The experience was divided, depending on whether users wanted to access the conventional mobile phone features (such as simple calling or texting), and smartphone-specific features (such as mailing, mapping, web searching, and social networking). The compared metrics were anxiety and frustration. Both of them were mostly at a very mild level.

– Instances of moderate and high anxiety were twice less frequent for smartphone features. In general there were 79% more instances of anxiety concerning just calling or texting. During the whole week, the peak of such inconveniences fell on Thursday. However, by the end of the week the levels of frustration and anxiety fell.

– When this week was over, people were asked to leave their impressions. Well, for example, one person felt the freedom from constantly being online, not having to answer the calls at once. Another person had reactionary desire to check the smartphone because someone else was actually doing that. Some were actually getting quite used to the situation, while some were not.

We spend plenty of time with new technologies, we get used to it, and we disallow a change of not using it. And for many reasons the term ‘addiction’ is justified. Lack of simple being in touch (phoning and texting) causes us anxiety, while lack of social networking frustrates us. And what people definitely agreed on, is that being shielded from constant smartphone use allows to focus on other things, such as dedicating time to family or health, well, by riding a bike. Simply put, we can survive without smartphones, but without ‘mobile phones’ in general it would be a harder thing to endure.

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