Are You A Smartphone Addict?

By | January 20, 2014
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Are you too addicted to your smartphone, and refuse to let the device stay out of sight for even a moment? Go through the following, and find out for yourself!

 

According to a recent worldwide survey by Facebook and IDC, it was revealed that – the first thing nearly 65% of all smartphone owners did after waking up every day was to look for their phones. It is hardly a crime to flaunt your snazzy new handset to your ‘apparently envious’ buddies once in a while, but there are people who have an affection for their smartphones that borders on the extreme. If you too are a hardcore smartphone addict, you will identify yourself with most of the following activities:

 

  1. Taking random, unnecessary photos – ‘Selfies’ are the new in-thing in photography – but do you keep snapping yourself in your room, at trial rooms of fashion stores, and/or in the loo too (ew!)? In case you do, you can safely be listed amongst the biggest smartphone addicts in the world. Your Facebook timeline and Twitter profile is also probably flooded with these often irritating ‘selfies’.

  2. Downloading apps at random – Every mobile application development company launches many new apps each year – and a person addicted to his/her smartphone will religiously download all of them, irrespective of whether they are necessary or not. Presence of too many mobile apps tends to slow down handsets, but that does not deter smartphone addicts from trying out each new application that hits the online stores.

  3. Reluctance to turn it off – If you are a smartphone addict, you would be thoroughly against the idea of turning off the device at any time – even though you fully know that doing so will help in conserving the phone battery. While boarding a flight, you will feel strangely nervous while switching the handset off – and the relief when it comes back to life after the journey will be profound. Charging three times a day is fine, but turning off the phone isn’t!

  4. Sleeping with your phone – Your bed’s not arranged, and there is plenty of chances of your smartphone getting lost in all the other stuff present on it. Even then, you might be obstinate about having the device’s reassuring presence on your pillow – as you sleep. Of course, if you wake up in the middle of the night, you fumble for your phone first – before thinking if a visit to the washroom is necessary!

  5. Misplacing your phone too many times – And on most of these cases, you will have it in your hand or inside your pockets. The fear of losing a loved one is, understandably, high in human beings – and since smartphone addicts love their mobile handsets the most in the world, they constantly feel that they have misplaced it. By the way, where is YOUR phone now?

  6. Using voice commands at all times – With evolution of iPhone app development in India and everywhere else, most apps and default widgets on the latest Apple phones can be launched via using the touchscreen and through voice commands. A true-blue smartphone addict would insist on using the latter option, even if it is less convenient, and might require repeated tries. After all, tapping on a beautiful smartphone hardly has the same excitements as talking to it!

  7. The phone is present while you eat – It’s rude to keep texting or playing on your mobile during a nice family dinner – but if you are addicted to your smartphone, you simply won’t care. You might even keep talking on your phone, while gulping down your food. In case your family-members insist on a mobile-free meal, you would rush through the ‘needless’ task of eating, to be re-united with your smartphone as soon as possible.

  8. Remaining constantly concerned about your phone – Being on a tour to even the most scenic place on Earth would not offer mental peace to you, if you are too attached to your smartphone. You will constantly be wondering why the signal is slightly weaker than usual, why no notifications have arrived for a couple of hours, and when you might have to recharge your phone. There are plenty of things in life that are more valuable than a phone (like, maybe, a date or a sleepover at a friend’s place). You probably won’t agree though!

  9. Being completely oblivious to the surroundings – This, unlike most of the above points, can have serious repercussions. Every month, there are reports of ghastly road accidents, for which teenagers who are over-occupied with their mobiles can be held responsible. You will be surprised to find the number of people who fiddle around with their smartphones while driving, crossing roads, and walking along rail-tracks. Not surprisingly, many of them pay for such callous behavior with their lives, or by suffering terminal injuries.

  10. Refusing to use your MP3 to listen to music, ever – And that’s one of the main reasons why most of the music apps brought out by any Android or iPhone application development company in India or abroad find a ready market. You take out quite a bit of time to create a large-ish playlist on your phone, with all your favorite songs and tunes. The same thing can be done on your iPod or MP3 player (and that would save your phone battery too) – but staying literally connected to your smartphone is ‘oh-so-cool’, right?

 

If you are indeed a smartphone addict, you would appreciate the joys of sliding your finger on the phone screen (without any reasons whatsoever) like no other ordinary person. There would also be a tinge of sadness, if you do not receive an email or a multimedia message on your phone, for a few hours. We are not saying that your smartphone is not valuable, or the contemporary mobile apps are not engaging – but there is one thing that is way more important than making an enormous fuss about your handset.

 

It’s called ‘having a life’!

 

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Hussain Fakhruddin is the founder/CEO of Teknowledge mobile apps company. He heads a large team of app developers, and has overseen the creation of nearly 600 applications. Apart from app development, his interests include reading, traveling and online blogging.
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