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Are you addicted to your mobile?

By Sj.Cliff
Are you addicted to your mobile?

A recent study by a team at Baylor University in Texas has found that becoming addicted to your smartphone could actually be a possibility.

The survey, that was taken online by 164 students, asked how long people spent using different apps, their call and messaging habits and the times that they were active on their mobiles. When asked outright, 60% thought that they were already addicted.

Shockingly, the results found that some students spend up to 10 hours a day on their phones!

The most day-consuming habit is texting, which takes up an average of 94.6 minutes a day – just imagine all those emojis!

Add that to the 48.5 minutes using email and 38.6 minutes checking Facebook, browsing the web internet claimed 34.4 minutes and 26.9 minutes listening to music and you don’t really have time for anything else.

What’s surprizing is that the areas of mobile use that you would usually think of being  addictive – the Candy Crush saga and other such as games take a back seat to imaging apps like Pinterest and Instagram.

Women spent more time using their phones, up to 10 hours a day, whereas men have roughly the same amount of activity but use their phones 2 hours less.

Professor Roberts, lead author, said: ‘That may suggest that they're sending shorter, more utilitarian messages than their female counterparts.

'Women may be more inclined to use phones for social reasons such as texting or emails to build relationships and have deeper conversations.’
But he warned using a mobile too much could be harmful.

‘For some, phones in class may provide a way to cheat. Some people use a cell to dodge an awkward situation. They may pretend to take a call, send a text or check their phones.’

The study warned that mobile phones may end up becoming an escape mechanism from classrooms, while some people used their mobiles as a way to escape an awkward situation

So how long do you spend on your mobile? Do you think you could be addicted? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter!

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