For how long can you avoid your phone, especially when bored?
I bet it isn’t that long. Well, at least that is the case for me.
I check my phone compulsively. When seated at my desk working on my computer, in the kitchen preparing a meal or just before crossing the street.
It’s not that it helps me cross the road faster, or safely. Actually, it makes it more risky. The truth is; I am hooked, addicted to its powers and what lies within its bright touch screen.
Many would readily concur with my plight. A great percentage of the modern generation is addicted to technology to the extent that we could barely do without it, or could we?
If you don’t here is a test that will discern your true self.
I took the test, I found myself answering yes to a record 13 questions in this smartphone addiction test. If that were a positive score test in class, I would be an A material. The sad thing is, it isn’t.
According to a research conducted by the center for Internet and Technology Addiction, some people use smartphones because they need them. Others use them as a boredom killer.
The shocking thing is people would whip out their smartphones to check Tweets, update their Facebook status or just swipe across home screens without achieving anything directly productive.
With psychologists getting worried of the trend’s impact on our social lives, some schools in the US are rolling out an app that collects you points each time your phone stays locked and tucked away. The points can be used to earn a discount at a school shops and cafeteria.
Do we also need this? Is the smartphone addiction that serious?