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Smartphone Addiction Diagnosed by Ofcom

Fri 05 Aug, 2011 // Firstnumber Team
Smartphone addiction

A report published yesterday by the Office of Communications, Ofcom, revealed that 60% of all teen smartphone users claimed to be “highly “addicted to their handsets. Further confirmation of the near ubiquity of the smartphone in society – especially amongst those under 30 – was made with a series of sensational smartphone statistics.

The survey questioned 2,073 adults and 521 children

While 80% of all owners have their phone on 24/7, only 47% admit to using the handset in the toilet. Furthermore, 48% of all mobile phone sales in the first quarter of this year have been attributed to smartphone devices.

As well as changes in the way we use our mobile telephones, the rise in smartphone technology has also impacted upon other external habits. For instance, traditional camera use has been somewhat sidelined as a by product of the increasingly impressive photoraphic capabilities of the smartphone.

In addition to the death of the camera, the amount of time spent playing games on a video console has declined according to 30% of the teenage respondents, whilst TV watching has undergone a similar fate in the eyes of 23% of teenagers.

Whilst there has been a fundamental shift in the way we communicate and in the relationships we have with technology occuring for some time now, what is beeing offered by the smartphone is a comprhensive amalgamation of all the technological and communicative elements of our lives into one handy, and hugely powerful device.

The other major impact being felt partly as a result of the proliferation of smartphone technology, has been the increased blurring between work and social life. The Ofcom report found that a higher proportion of smartphone users were more likely than their feature phone owning peers to take personal calls during work hours and work related calls after hours. The sheer capability to technologically multitask has been bolstered by the arrival of the smartphone.

As one may expect, smartphone “addiction” is felt more strongly amongst teenagers. Whilst 60% of teenagers claimed to be addicted, that figure dropped to 37% amongst adults.

The rise of smartphones has been astronomical, rising from a £200,000 market in 2005, to £3.7 million by the end of 2010.

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