Are Smart Phones Taking Over Our Lives?

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There was a great post on Mashable on how smart phones are taking over most of our attention. I am not innocent, I love my iPhone and use it all the time - however, I thought some of the findings from the study were worth sharing, as well as, one comment from a fan that really caught my attention.

First, the study results:

  • 37% of adults and 60% of teens admit they are highly addicted to their smartphones.
  • 81% of smartphone users make calls every day compared with 53% of regular users.
  • 23% of teenagers claim to watch less TV and 15% admit they read fewer books as a result of their smartphone use.
  • 51% of adults and 65% of teens say they have used their smartphone while socializing with others.
  • 23% of adults and 34% of teens have used their smartphones during mealtimes.
  • 22% of adult and 47% of teens admitted using or answering their smartphone while in the bathroom.
  • 58% of adult males owned a smartphone compared with 42% of females.
  • Among teenagers, 52% of females use smartphones compared with 48% of males.
  • The majority of adults (32%) identified Apple’s iPhone as their favorite device, while the majority of teens (37%) prefer the BlackBerry.

Next up, the user’s comment that I believe relates to  most of us:

I think the most addictive features on a smartphone are the social media and messaging apps. I see a shift towards much more data usage instead of making actual phone calls. More and more people I know call less but communicate more (WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook, Twitter and the likes) Smartphones are imho one of the best inventions of this era.

17 Twitter Tips from Mashable Connect Attendees

This article has some “Twips” (Tweets and Tips) - I really enjoyed all of them and found that all are very resourceful. I am a big believer in responding to everyone who mentions me or retweets me - what’s crazy is- I believe this is common courtesy…times have changed. If you use Twitter this article has some great “Twips”.