The New Addictive Drug: Mobile Technology


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The New Addictive Drug: Mobile Technology

  1. 1. The New Addictive Drug:Mobile TechnologyPhoto by Mervi Eskelinen aka tasselflowerSunday, 19 May, 13
  2. 2. ?‣reach for your smartphone first thing in the morning?‣check your smartphone last thing at night?‣take your smartphone to the bathroom with you?‣play with your smartphone while people are talking to you?‣look at your smartphone even although it isn’t doing anything?‣have to charge your smartphone more than once a day?Do you...Sunday, 19 May, 13
  3. 3. Youngadultsspendupto7hoursadayinteractingwithcommunicationtechnology.Sendonaverage109.5textsaday,over3,200messagesamonth.Receive113textsadayChecktheirphones60timesinatypicaldayPhotobyTeosaurioSunday, 19 May, 13
  4. 4. 51% check continuouslyduring vacation.Photo by maxwelldSunday, 19 May, 13
  5. 5. 70% said they check their smartphone within anhour of getting up.Photo by mindy_gSunday, 19 May, 13
  6. 6. 90% sleep with their phone right next to the bedPhoto by Jeff CroftSunday, 19 May, 13
  7. 7. 44% said they would experience "a great deal of anxiety" ifthey lost their phone and couldnt replace it for a week.Photo from PublicDomainPictures.netSunday, 19 May, 13
  8. 8. Majority of youngsters claim losing their phone would be"disastrous to their social lives".Photo by Thomas HawkSunday, 19 May, 13
  9. 9. Photo by Charlotte Spencer!Nomophobia:People whoexperience anxietywhen they have noaccess to mobiletechnology.Sunday, 19 May, 13
  10. 10. What DOwe do onour devices?Photo by Photo GiddySunday, 19 May, 13
  11. 11. For most part we read email.More accurately...we compulsively check if a new email has arrived,in the hope that an incredibly exciting missivewill somehow have found its way into our inbox.Photo by pouwerkerkSunday, 19 May, 13
  12. 12. We’re often on Facebook to read messages frompeople we don’t even bother to see in real lifeAND to post our latest thoughts, or more accurately...compulsively check what the people we don’t evenbother to see in real life think about our latest thoughts.Image by marcopakoSunday, 19 May, 13
  13. 13. The one thing we hardlyever do is actually makephone calls.We browse theweb, play games,take pictures,check directions,or watch videos.Photo by MoShotzSunday, 19 May, 13
  14. 14. "One thing my research madeclear is that human beings have adeep, primitive desire to knoweverything thats going on aroundthem" - Nicholas CarrPhoto by pedro venerosoSunday, 19 May, 13
  15. 15. Why is this a PROBLEM?Photo by CollegeDegrees360Sunday, 19 May, 13
  16. 16. Researchers have found that constantly checking formessages is an addiction which like other drugs can ruinyour personal relationships.Photo by Ian IottSunday, 19 May, 13
  17. 17. 1 in 3 smartphone owners would rathergive up sex than their PHONEPhoto by danielito311Sunday, 19 May, 13
  18. 18. 1 in 10 say they are awakened at least a few timesa week by PHONE notificationsPhoto by Michael ChangSunday, 19 May, 13
  19. 19. 1 in 2 say if they wake up during the night for no reason,they’ll check their PHONE right awayPhoto by sean dreilingerSunday, 19 May, 13
  20. 20. "Research is starting to show the association betweensmartphone use and grave consequences like car accidentsand poor health in work-life balance"- Antti Oulasvirta(Senior researcher at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology)Photo by Klearchos KapoutsisSunday, 19 May, 13
  21. 21. “For me, the iPhone hadbecome a toxic compulsion. Ithad completed its invasion andoccupation of my interstitialtime — all those minutes ridingthe train, waiting in line, thatused to be such fertile territoryfor daydreaming andstorymaking.”- Robin SloanPhoto by lierneSunday, 19 May, 13
  22. 22. How to control your usage?Photo by louisa_catloverSunday, 19 May, 13
  23. 23. Be conscious of the situations and emotions that make youwant to check your phone.Is it boredom?Loneliness?Anxiety?Maybe something else would soothe you.Photo by InextremissSunday, 19 May, 13
  24. 24. Be strong when your phone beeps or rings.Youdont always have to answer it. In fact, you canavoid temptation by turning off the alert signals.Photo by josemarquesSunday, 19 May, 13
  25. 25. Be disciplined about not using your device in certain situations "Youll be surprised and pleased to rediscover the pleasures of being in control of your attention," - CarrPhoto by alykatSunday, 19 May, 13
  26. 26. “Even after a few days of this self-discipline, I found that Iwas concentrating better, more aware of my surroundings,and more relaxed -- and I was more aware of when I waslooking for something specific, as opposed to just lookingfor some kind of connection.” - Susan DavisPhoto by @Doug88888Sunday, 19 May, 13
  27. 27. Sources, 19 May, 13