Every year the smartphone is becoming easier and more enticing to use.
Content for smartphones is created to compel. Mobile games are engineered to tantalise. Networks are faster meaning content flows leaving a constant bottomless feed of text, images and auto-playing video. Inboxes refill relentlessly.
Smartphones get us excited, should we choose to succumb?
Are we at the point at which smartphones have become too good for people to cope with, and if so what remedies might be required?
The good news is that the majority of smartphone over-users recognise that they should moderate their usage and are taking remedial action. Of those who think they use their phone too much, 48 per cent have tried to limit their usage.
In short, the more a smartphone is used, the more productive and distractive it may become, and the less in control a user may feel. This conflict is unlikely to recede: people will struggle without their smartphones and feel powerless to cap their usage at sensible levels.
41% of respondents in a relationship think their partner uses their phone too much
56% of 16-24 year olds believe they use their smartphone too much, compared to only 12% of 65-75 age group.
The most popular approaches to reducing phone usage are by making the phone, or its functions (connectivity, apps) disappear
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.
44% 44% of 16-24 years olds check their phone within 5 minutes of preparing to sleep.
21% 16-24 year old smartphone owners check for messages in the middle of the night; most of these respond to messages.