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Are you addicted to your smartphone?

I’m writing this post close to midnight from Porto, north Portugal, in MS Word to copy across to WordPress later, when I have wi-fi. I spent an hour out in the hotel lounge earlier this evening replying to mail & doing stuff online for Wiscellaneous. In my mind I was outraged – I checked if this (5 star!) hotel had wi-fi before I booked & I assumed that when they said they did, it would be inside my room…

I continuously think about how much time I spend online, whether it’s enough, too much – I still don’t really know. I carry 2 phones (& an extended battery pack for the one) & a tablet at all times. Occasionally my laptop is in my handbag too (yes, it’s possible). It’s definitely gotten worse since I started my blog. So when I saw this, I felt a little comforted…

IDC-chart-1                       source

This online survey was conducted by the IDC with 7,444  American Android & iPhone users, ages 18 to 44 (the highest levels of ownership across mobile devices), over a week earlier this month to understand how owners use their smartphones. You can see the full report here.

What was interesting was that respondents reported a feeling of “connectedness” & being in touch far more that being overwhelmed or stressed out by their smartphones. I say have boundaries & do whatever works. Some people switch their phone off at night (I worry about there being an emergency, I don’t have a landline), have separate private & business phones, disable their business email after hours.

So, are you addicted to your smart phone? Am I?

W

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