Nowadays where ever you turn your head there is at least one person on their phone or digital device. And if they don’t have their phones directly out they are talking to people through Bluetooth devices stuck in their heads. I still think sometimes that people are talking to you until you notice the little ear piece on the other side of their heads. iPhones have become increasingly popular over the past few years despite Apples early beginning of a so called cult brand. I have to admit that I too fell into the following and purchased an iPhone a year ago. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I began to realize that this phone has begun to permanently attach itself to my hand. I find myself constantly on my phone using it for work, school, or even just pleasure. Have I too become addicted to the iPhone?
According to the Huffington Post, there was study done by Stanford on iPhone users becoming increasingly addicted to their phones. Interestingly enough according to the study, “[o]nly six percent of students said they weren’t at all addicted to the device, whereas a full 10 percent said they were fully addicted, and 34 percent gave themselves a ‘four’ on the five-point scale.” I wonder were the other 50% falls.
In relation to the video the study also showed, “[h]owever, as students are using the iPhones to arrange their social lives, they must be careful to not let their addiction create a backlash: Seven percent of the students reported roommates or partners who felt neglected due to the respondent’s iPhone use, giving rise to the term ‘iPhone widow’ for those people who feel as though they’ve lost their significant other to the iPhone.” Just as the video depicts the study confirmed that there are ‘iPhone widows’ out there. Even though the risk to iPhone addiction are prevalent the gains of iPhone addiction need to be noted as well. According to the study it also found, that “[m]any of the reported ‘side-effects’ of iPhone use are positive as 70 percent reported being more organized, 54 percent were more productive and 74 percent just felt ‘cool’ having an iPhone”. Do you think the benefits far outweigh the cost of iPhone addiction? I think there is a fine balance between the benefits and cost, which people need to find individually because for every person this balance will be different.
You can also check out this study done by Retrevo: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/05/study-paints-iphone-users_n_346644.html
According to the New York Times Martin Lindstorm, “[t]his past summer, I gathered a group of 20 babies between the ages of 14 and 20 months. I handed each one a BlackBerry. No sooner had the babies grasped the phones than they swiped their little fingers across the screens as if they were iPhones, seemingly expecting the screens to come to life. It appears that a whole new generation is being primed to navigate the world of electronics in a ritualized, Apple-approved way.”
I thought this study was also interesting. I have a three year old cousin and he uses his mothers iPhone to play games. It’s amazing how he knows how to work it and exactly which buttons to press. I thought I heard another study mention that Apple made the iphone like that so that it was more easy to use, but I am not sure where I heard it from. I wonder though if it is a safe for children to use these devices at such a young age. Maybe we are grooming them too young and they should spend their childhood running around and playing with their friends in the great outdoors.
The article also mentioned, “[p]hantom vibration syndrome is the term I use to describe our habit of scrambling for a cellphone we feel rippling in our pocket, only to find out we are mistaken.” I thought it was interesting that they actually had a diagnosis for this syndrome. I notice sometimes that this effect happens to me throughout the day. I think my phone vibrated or rang and when I go to check there is nothing. I wonder if this also has anything to do with the iPhone addiction, which I am almost certain that it does.
I thought it was interesting to read about iPhone addiction and hopefully I don’t land in the 10 percent that believe they are fully addicted to their iPhones. I’m almost certain that in the near future we will be seeing these numbers raise and possibly an epidemic may occur. I think culturally we are forced to be addicted to our iPhones. Jobs are constantly forcing you to be available 24hours a day through any means whether its phones, messing, email, skype, etc. It just cannot be helped. The iPhone addiction is probably becoming a bigger problem than the texting problem I mentioned earlier.