Most of us spend nearly a third of our waking hours staring at smartphone screens – and the scariest part is we don’t even realise it.
But could you be psychologically addicted, without even knowing it?
A University of Michigan study has identified something which might be a warning sign of ‘phone addiction’ – feeling that a phone is vibrating, and then finding out it actually wasn’t.
Writing this week on The Conversation, the University’s Daniel J Kruger says, ‘Over 80 percent of college students we surveyed have experienced it.
‘However, if it’s happening a lot – more than once a day – it could be a sign that you’re psychologically dependent on your cellphone.
‘Phantom phone experiences may seem like a relatively small concern in our electronically connected age. But they raise the specter of how reliant we are on our phones – and how much influence phones have in our social lives.
‘Those who scored higher on cellphone dependency – they more often used their phones to make themselves feel better, became irritable when they couldn’t use their phones and thought about using their phone when they weren’t on it – had more frequent phantom phone experiences.’