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Our smartphone addiction is killing us – can apps that limit screen time offer a lifeline?

Technology is designed to be addictive. And a society that is “mobile dependent” has a hard time spending even minutes away from their app-enabled smartphones. In 2017, U.S. adults spent an average of three hours and 20 minutes a day using their smartphones and tablets. This is double the amount from just five years ago, according to an annual survey of internet trends. Another survey suggests ...[Read More]

Fortnite gamers are motivated, not addicted

The World Health Organisation officially classifies gaming addiction as a disorder. The recent classification sought to address the growing use of digital technologies where people turn to electronic devices at the expense of other things such as work (or school), friendships and socialising. But evidence to support the idea that players are addicted to video games is lacking. The International Ga...[Read More]

Digital addiction: how technology keeps us hooked

The World Health Organisation is to include “gaming disorder”, the inability to stop gaming, into the International Classification of Diseases. By doing so, the WHO is recognising the serious and growing problem of digital addiction. The problem has also been acknowledged by Google, which recently announced that it will begin focusing on “Digital Well-being”. Although there is a growing recognitio...[Read More]

Here’s how Apple plans on making iOS 12 less all-consuming

Smartphone notifications are the bane of modern existence (yes, really). They pull us out of tasks that require concentration, they distract us from conversation, they prevent lengthy cogitation, they get in the way of effective mastication, and they even interrupt your somnambulation. Okay, not that last one specifically, but it’s no surprise that the likes of Google (in the shape of the up...[Read More]

Why social media are more like chocolate than cigarettes

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to the social platform last week to announce a call-out for ideas about how to measure the health of online conversations. The initiative follows recent demands for government to regulate the negative consequences of social media. Discussing the possibility of such regulations in January, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff compared social media with the tobacco industry, sayi...[Read More]

The real reason you can’t quit Facebook? Maybe it’s because you can judge your friends

Facebook recently announced that it now has over 2 billion monthly users. This makes its “population” larger than that of China, the US, Mexico and Japan combined. Its popularity, and with it the influence it has in society, is beyond dispute. But for many the experience of actually using the site fluctuates somewhere between the addictive and the annoying. Our new research shows that the reason f...[Read More]

The talking dead: how personality drives smartphone addiction

How many times a day do you check your smartphone? According to a recent survey, the typical American checks once every six-and-a-half minutes, or approximately 150 times every day. Other research has found that number to be as high as 300 times a day. For young people, the attachment is particularly acute: 53 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 30 reported they would sooner give up their...[Read More]

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