iPhone Addiction

According to a new Stanford University study, iPhone users are becoming so reliant on their iPhones that they are actually reporting being addicted.  Students were asked to rate their addiction to their iPhones on a scale of one to five, from ‘not at all addicted’ to ‘fully addicted.’ Forty-four percent answered with a four or above.  More info about the study can be found here.

Another study, though maybe less scientific, done by Retrevo has painted iPhone users (addicts?) as superficial egomaniacs eager to access porn.  Apparently twice as man iPhone users as BlackBerry users have used their smart phone to access porn.  They also see themselves as more worldly and extrovert and intellectual.

I’ve never used my phone to watch porn, and I personally wouldn’t claim I was a superfician egomaniac, but I do worry about the addiction.  On more than one occasion, while watching tv, I have thought to myself “I should be doing something on my iPhone,” for no other reason than the fact that it is there.  The Stanford study revealed that 75% admitted to falling asleep with the iPhone in bed next to them.  I have an iPhone App called Sleep Cycle that measures my sleep patterns based on how much I move in bed. It requires me to have the iPhone in my bed when I sleep.  I’m one of those people who sleep with their phone!  Does that officially make me addicted?


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