Saturday, August 13, 2011
We've Got It Bad. Is That Good?
Do you sleep cradling the phone? Sneak peeks at twitter during meetings? Shudder at going without Internet? You're not alone. // Anecdotally, our Internet use seems to have spawned real addictions. And, according to several recently released surveys, we've got it bad. // More than half of Americans would rather give up alcohol, caffeine and chocolate for a week before parting temporarily with their cellphones, according to a survey by technology firm TeleNav Inc.
One-third would give up sex; 22 percent would give up their toothbrushes (versus 40% of iPhone users, who evidently love their phone more than clean teeth); and 21 percent would rather go shoeless before separating from a mobile phone. Sixty-six percent sleep with their smartphones by their side.
Coming down fast
University students who faced a daylong Internet and media blackout began to display symptoms of withdrawal, a recent survey by the University of Maryland reported. One student said she was "itching like a crackhead" after going cold turkey for 24 hours. "I truly feel sorry for the Amish," another opined. "I cannot even express how bored and out of touch with society I felt."
Thanks for letting me share.