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Smartphones are taking over people's lives as users 'obsessively' check their devices, scientists
Daily Mail ^ | 7/27/11 | Staff

Posted on 07/27/2011 9:27:41 AM PDT by Nachum

They are often hailed as an essential component of modern life. But smartphones are taking over some people's lives, according to a study that has identified repetitive and obsessive use of the devices. Scientists have uncovered what they call 'checking habits', when users frequently look at the menu screen, news, email, contacts, and social applications on the device. A typical checking lasts less than 30 seconds and involves opening the screen lock and accessing a single application. The researchers, from Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, were surprised to find users engaging in checking behaviours throughout the waking hours.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: over; peoples; smartphones; taking
As I was posting this (ding!)- wait a minute, let me check my Blackberry- I was thinking that this article (ding!) -hold on.... that this article was not... (ding!) -not another email, eh, have to check it.. that this article was not quite (ding, ding, ding!) gotta look at something, be right back....
1 posted on 07/27/2011 9:27:45 AM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum
Do people with Smartphones do dumb things?


2 posted on 07/27/2011 9:29:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Nachum

What’s a smart phone??


3 posted on 07/27/2011 9:29:07 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Nachum

Is there an app to help with this?


4 posted on 07/27/2011 9:33:07 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: Nachum
They are often hailed as an essential component of modern life. But smartphones are taking over some people's lives, according to a study that has identified repetitive and obsessive use of the devices. Scientists have uncovered what they call 'checking habits', when users frequently look at the menu screen, news, email, contacts, and social applications on the device. A typical checking lasts less than 30 seconds and involves opening the screen lock and accessing a single application. The researchers, from Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, were surprised to find users engaging in checking behaviours throughout the waking hours.
 
Hah! What silly fools. Glad I'm not obsessed like that.
 
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Oops. Gotta go. Check my pings here at FR. Ooops. Gotta go. Another hot topic thread just starting.


5 posted on 07/27/2011 9:34:00 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (The views and opinions expressed in this post are true and correct. Deal with it)
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To: Nachum

Spent last week on vacation with my sister and her family. The entire week she had her “device” out messing with one app or another. Didn’t matter if we were eating, watching a movie, at poolside. The device never left her hand.

I wonder if she realized our vacation together has come and gone?


6 posted on 07/27/2011 9:38:23 AM PDT by MarDav
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To: Nachum

I have a I PHONE and at first it is pretty obsessive mostly to figure it out but it loses it flavor after awhile and you just use it normally. The same thing happened when I signed up for Facebook over a year ago. I was on Facebook for hours and hours and now I go on and browse for a minute and come back to Free Republic. Now if they did a study on Free Republic.......oy.


7 posted on 07/27/2011 9:39:09 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Nachum

I have a cell, no text capability, no internet. It only makes calls. And I only turn it on when I intend to use it. When I’m done, unless I’m expecting a call, or need to be available, I turn it off.

My daughter has a droid. She’s so obsessed with it, yesterday she asked me if a sauna was bad for it. I said, “Hmmmm, high heat and high moisture, what do you think? Duh”. Turns out she fried hers by using it in the sauna. She couldn’t stand to be without it for the 10 minutes she’d be in the sauna!

Aldous Huxley was right.


8 posted on 07/27/2011 9:39:13 AM PDT by brownsfan (I miss the America I grew up in.)
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To: Nachum

Guilty


9 posted on 07/27/2011 9:45:03 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Nachum
Scientists have uncovered what they call 'checking habits', when users frequently look at the menu screen, news, email, contacts, and social applications on the device.

Gee, what will those scientists uncover next? I've always wondered about the color of the sky. Maybe they could work on that?

10 posted on 07/27/2011 9:56:03 AM PDT by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: Nachum

I get by fine with a tracphone and prepaid minutes.


11 posted on 07/27/2011 9:57:35 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: cripplecreek

I use a 9 dollar tracfone. I call it my dumb-phone. I have a buddy who used to be fun to hang out with before he got a “smart” phone. Now he’s got his nose in it constantly. I don’t hang out with him anymore.


12 posted on 07/27/2011 10:03:42 AM PDT by Huck
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To: Nachum
You mean your 'smart'phone can actually be used to make contact with people? wow.

I recently 'Infuse'd' while wifey iPhone'd.. she is still playing angry birds day and night. I played for 10 days and quit. cold turkey. tweet!

13 posted on 07/27/2011 10:07:18 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

no kidding! It only gets worse once you bookmark FreeRepublic.com on your smartphone!


14 posted on 07/27/2011 10:10:50 AM PDT by MNDude (so that's what they meant by Carter's second term)
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To: Nachum

Currently freeping in my doc’s waiting room. It’s better than the magazines!

Not into the lying Time mag, boaters monthly, or old people mag telling me Jen is back with John Mayer.


15 posted on 07/27/2011 10:14:40 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Nachum
Smartphones are taking over people's lives as users 'obsessively' check their devices, scientists

Well, good-looking scientists, maybe....


16 posted on 07/27/2011 10:16:35 AM PDT by mikrofon (Blinded me)
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To: mikrofon

“Good heavens, Miss Sakamoto, you’re beautiful.”


17 posted on 07/27/2011 10:18:00 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Nachum

The best thing about the smartphone is you always have something interesting to read on the john. Just don’t drop it in afterwards.....then you will really find out how much you love your smartphone.


18 posted on 07/27/2011 10:18:25 AM PDT by HerrBlucher ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." G.K. Chesterton)
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To: cripplecreek

You and me both.


19 posted on 07/27/2011 10:18:25 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Nachum

Right now I’m obsessively checking to see if the FedEx truck is approaching to deliver my new Samsung Galaxy 7 Tab.

Time to look out the window ...


20 posted on 07/27/2011 10:21:29 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: Nachum

As I sit here on the “throne” replying to this thread. I’m so ashamed!


21 posted on 07/27/2011 10:22:18 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: JaguarXKE

LOL!


22 posted on 07/27/2011 10:23:16 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Now they would have something if they found people were checking them during their sleeping hours...

This is research?

People with smartphone use them?

“The researchers, from Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, were surprised to find users engaging in checking behaviours throughout the waking hours.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2018927/Smartphones-taking-peoples-lives-users-obsessively-check-devices.html#ixzz1TKKNb5dU


23 posted on 07/27/2011 10:32:29 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Nachum

Yikes - I think I see myself in this thread. I love being able to read FR wherever I am...Angry Birds is fun, but I have replaced it with an obsession with “Words with Friends.” I’m Aberaussie on there too, if you want to play.


24 posted on 07/27/2011 10:36:47 AM PDT by aberaussie
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To: Huck

I just don’t need all the crap on a phone. My tracphone has a camera but I’ve never used it. The only reason it has a cam is because i couldn’t find one without.


25 posted on 07/27/2011 10:37:08 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Huck
The reason I bought my iphone 3gs was I wanted my itunes and phone in one device. I use my phone occasionally but not often and I decided to pass on a data plan and went with prepaid. I seldom use the minimum $10 a month to keep the phone active. Getting an iphone for that was probably overkill since a lot of the uses that the phone has are not being exploited but I have been happy with it.

I don't check email. I don't twitter or facebook with it. At the time of the purchase a phone and data plan would have cost $60 a month and I thought about whether checking internet stuff while on the go was worth it or not and after thinking about it I did not want to become obsessed with the internet that much. The few times I have used the iphone for internet stuff I found the screen too small to be useful so it was a good move to say no.

26 posted on 07/27/2011 10:38:44 AM PDT by xp38
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To: aberaussie

We all have our obsessions. I am incessantly working on my website. :)

Shameless website plug...

http://www.nachumlist.com/


27 posted on 07/27/2011 10:39:02 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum
Smartphones found to be nearly as addictive as doing silly scientific studies with government money.
28 posted on 07/27/2011 10:45:16 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Dems demanding shared sacrifice are like Aztec priests doing it while cutting out my heart.)
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To: mnehring

yeah, me too.

ufta.


29 posted on 07/27/2011 10:49:41 AM PDT by commonguymd (Freedom is a myth anymore it seems)
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To: cripplecreek

Don’t bother texting me as my cell is only turned on twice a month and I’m not signed up for texts.

Can’t stand people who are constantly on their cells. Text, text, text, text, text, text, text, text. Hey, you’ve got a bleepin’ phone in your hand, dial up the person already and say what you have to say, then welcome back to the real live world.


30 posted on 07/27/2011 11:03:42 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Nachum

I check my smart phone regularly, but I don’t check my scientists more than once a month or so.


31 posted on 07/27/2011 11:06:50 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Nachum
Yes, it's a phenomenon that seems to be further eroding social mores.

I don't respond to every ding and ring on mine immediately and tend to turn the sound off when visiting with friends or family or out at a social event.

They're convenient, but I won't allow that thing to be a leash. Face-to-face interaction takes precedence over the beeping and dinging gadget that seems to be always trying to interrupt.

32 posted on 07/27/2011 11:11:04 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Huck
I use a 9 dollar tracfone. I call it my dumb-phone. I have a buddy who used to be fun to hang out with before he got a “smart” phone. Now he’s got his nose in it constantly. I don’t hang out with him anymore.

I see so much of that now.

People don't want to communicate face to face anymore.

They want to communicate via the gadget.

33 posted on 07/27/2011 11:16:03 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Allegra

I keep thinking it’ll pass. That one day we’ll look back and laugh that people spent so much time typing on their phones. I think I’m wrong.


34 posted on 07/27/2011 11:22:32 AM PDT by Huck
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To: Nachum

just wire an interface into the cerebral cortex and be done with it


35 posted on 07/27/2011 11:50:08 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Nachum
Going to be another one of those threads where we find out how many FReepers are overly obsessed with someone else's business.
36 posted on 07/27/2011 12:08:06 PM PDT by Niteranger68 (Jared Lee Loughner - Disciple of Michael Moore)
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To: Nachum

Being retired we often entertain friends and neighbors as we have the time and enjoyed the constant flow of both drop ins and invited guests. We have started to avoid some of them because of their addiction to texting and the constant monitoring of their devices during what should be conversation and interaction. Why else would they be visiting?

Some of them are so addicted that they won’t even respond to their name being called out when they are so absorbed in concentrating on their device. These are retired folks mostly. I’m sure kids are even worse.


37 posted on 07/27/2011 5:51:34 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: Jeff Chandler

I’m posting with my new Galaxy.


38 posted on 07/27/2011 9:37:40 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: Jeff Chandler
And it came UPS.


39 posted on 07/28/2011 1:00:09 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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