I’ve been out for social events in London’s West End two nights on the trot now, yes, I’m fair dinkum tired, but I noticed something that interested me.
I observed that about just under 50% of passengers on the London Underground, at the times I was travelling on it, were using an ipod/mp3 player/smartphone. Some Had music, some had video some played games, some read, and well, some just checked it a bit.
Looked to me like there was a quiet revolution going on.
I noticed that I was one of their number, checking as soon as I had a signal, all the while listening to some audio (I’ll spare you what, it’s a little dull if you’re not me).
So that got me thinking. The creeping social little-death (no, not a petit-mort) looked like something from a Dr Who series.
An attractive useful device insidiously weaves its alluring pixellated spell on us all, slowly drawing us more and more into the (social) void.
I had a dig round on the intraweb, inspired, and found there’s been a little research on smartphone usage.
So, based on a UK study, the average smartphone user checks his or her device 34 times a day, for around 30 seconds, around 10 minutes apart. Sound like an addiction to you? Hoe about a habit?
And us Smartphoning Brits are quite openly calling ourselves “highly addicted” to them.
I don’t think it’ll be that long before I see a client for iPhone/Smartphone addiction.
As far as the harm that’s actually being done, it may vary. Having your attention taken by something in say a road could be pretty harmful, if you’re in la la land while you cross the road, being cut off from one of the primary life preserving senses isn’t a best practice.
As is singing outloud on the tube while sitting next to someone who’s ready to snap like a rubber band.
Could cause something similar to that of Falling down. and that would be a bad thing.
How much time are you spending on you device?