Honestly, are you addicted to your smart phone? There’s now an actual measurable trend that’s pointing to people wanting their lives back and are making the switching to “dumb” phones. Scroll down to see the results.
What was life like before our smartphones? It’s hard to imagine a time where we didn’t have a touchscreen device glued to our hands. How many hours a day do you spend staring at your phone, scrolling through your Instagram feed, checking for any status updates on Facebook? It’s obvious that smartphones are a huge part of our lives now- but could you go without it?
According to The Sun, people are buying ‘dumb’ phones to combat their smartphone addiction. A ‘dumb’ phone is the name of feature phones that lack smartphone capabilities, such as pestering social media apps. Despite the apparent annoyance with social media notifications from Facebook and Instagram, people are still attached to their phones. According to Ofcom research, 78% of Brits are unable to live without their smartphone. The average Brit checks their phone every 12 minutes, spending a total of two-and-a-half hours per day on their smartphone.
Dr. Daria Kuss, a psychologist who studies the “compulsive use” of smartphones, spoke to Sky News and warned that while people may be aware that they’re using their phones too much, being afraid to miss out on their social media channels is “one of the reasons why they use it compulsively.”
What are people doing to combat the compulsive need to check their phones? One method is purchasing “dumb” phones. People are buying feature phones to physically remove the option of checking social media. The sales of feature phones jumped up 5% in 2017! In one interview with Sky News, Mark Erskine (an owner of both a “dumb” and smartphone) stated, “If I want to go out with just the dumb phone then you can make a choice and have a day without all the noise of all the notifications and apps.”
Even tech companies such as Apple and Google are aware of the users’ addiction. Apple introduced the new feature “Screen Time,” which allows you to track how many times you unlock your phone and how much time is spent in each app. It will even allow you to set timers to lock yourself out of apps after a predetermined amount of time. Google also introduced similar features in its Android 9.0 Pie update.
People and tech companies are actively attempting to fight this addiction- whether through consciously measuring the hours spent on their phones or forgetting their phones all together. Are you addicted to your phone? 64% of people state that they’re in control of their phone usage, while 36% people say that they need balance. Read this story in depth on The Sun here.
Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!
Honestly, are you addicted to your smart phone? There’s now an actual measurable trend that’s pointing to people wanting their lives back and are making the switching to “dumb” phones.
Yes, I need balance
No, I’m in control