Smartphones emerged in the mass-market less than a decade ago, yet already nearly half (46%) of American smartphone users have what some call smartphone amnesia, agreeing with the statement “I can’t imagine my life without my smartphone.”
As many would expect, smartphone attachment is higher among women (51%) than men (41%), and among younger than older adults. And at each age level, women are more likely than men to say they can’t imagine life without their phone. As a result, women under 30 are the most likely of all gender/age groups to feel this way (58%), while men 65 and older are the least likely (35%).
Also, adults with iPhones are a bit more likely than android users to fall so deeply in love with their device, 52% vs 43%. This kind of attachment does however have a downside, because of this entanglement with their device, many smartphone users say being separated from it is stressful.
This data is provided by a Gallup Panel survey, and as previously reported, 4 in 5 smartphone users keep their phone close throughout the day, checking it hourly, and 3 in 5 sleep near it.
The smartphone has become transformative for those who use it, not only by making their lives seem better, but by becoming something of a fifth limb. Although smartphones are easily replaced, their owners’ potential anxiety about losing them reveals how dependent people have become on them.
More research needs to be done to understand these dynamics, particularly in terms of the differences by type of phone. It is also unclear if young women truly have a more intense relationship with their phones or if they are just more willing to admit it.
One thing is certain: People’s attachment to their phones is likely to grow in coming years as smartphone penetration expands toward 100% from the current level near 70%, and as phones add even more features –such as improved voice control, universal Wi-Fi, wallet and online shopping capabilities –this all strengthens users’ dependence on them.
Read Article (Lydia Saad | gallup.com | 07/13/2015)
Is this type of attachment healthy or good for a person? Only the person can answer that question. For my daughters, this was a phase they grew out of and in hindsight they view it as a good experience they no longer do.
But many in society really need to have a better understand and knowledge of mobile devices --particularly, its capabilities and how it can benefit those that use it.
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