Ping. Check Your Phone.
According to a recent study, the average person checks his or her phone every 6 ½ minutes—about 150 times a day. In young people between the ages of 15 and 30, an unbelievable 53% say they would rather give up their sense of taste than their phones. A study conducted in 2014 showed that college students averaged almost 9 hours a day on their phones, 79% of people pick up their phones within 15 minutes of waking up, and 67% check their phones even when they don’t ring, ping, buzz, or vibrate.
To many experts, that kind of attachment qualifies as an addiction. Research shows that certain personality traits increase the risk for certain addictive behaviors. Does that hold true for "smartphone addiction" as well?
This recent study showed that a short attention span, difficulty concentrating, and being impulsive are associated with a higher-than-normal level of smartphone attachment. In addition, people with personality traits like emotional instability (frequent mood swings), the need to "connect" with others (think: extrovert), and placing high importance on possessions (materialism) are more likely to addicted to their phones.
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