Smartphones have become a hub of much of what we do – they are filled with contents and a myriad of applications providing access to, e.g., videos, music, in-store payment, emails, social media and much more. It is possible to spend countless hours engaging with them, scrolling up and down bottomless feeds of text, pictures and videos.
Smartphones get us excited, but has it become too much?
We have reached the point where smartphones have become an integral part of people’s lives, but has it gone too far, and if so, what remedies might be required?
The good news is that the majority of smartphone over-users say that they make an effort to or would like to limit their phone usage. The bad news is that only 17% say that they make an effort and succeed, 32% try without much success while 29% say they would like to limit their phone use, but do not even try.
Our smartphones demand constant attention, and for some it is hard to resist. The contents are created to compel, and the more the smartphones are used, the more interesting – and distractive – they may become. This conflict is unlikely to recede.
52% of 16-24 year olds believe they use their smartphone too much, compared to only 6% of 65-75 age group.
20% of Nordic consumers look at their phone at least 50 times a day.
27% of 18-24 year old phone owners check social media notifications during night.
The most popular approaches to reducing phone usage are to make the phone, or its functions (connectivity, apps) disappear.
25% of respondents in a relationship think their partner uses their phone too much.
55% look at their phone within 15 minutes of waking. For most smartphone owners, checking their phones is among the first and last things they do in a day.