What’s Your Mobile Mindset?

by Gaurav Kheterpal on June 25, 2012

Mobile devices are no longer a luxury; they’re an integral part of our day to day lives. Of course, it’s a separate issue that smartphones and tablets are turning humans into slaves, they make us feel paranoid and our mobile etiquette is getting worse. And to top it all, these devices may cause brain cancerWiFi may make kids sick and the “changes in your brain cell activity” caused by holding a cell phone close to your ear for a sustained period of time may be detrimental to your overall health.

But then, there’s always a brighter side. Mobile devices streamline communication and have improved our lives in more ways than one. So much so that a lot of people treat smartphones and tablets as their most prized possession.

While that’s understandable, does that mean you should always use your phone in bed, in the bathroom, at the dinner table, and while driving? Do you suffer from Nomophobia – the fear of being out of mobile phone contact? What’s your Mobile Mindset? Let’s find out.

The Mobile Mindset Study, a new survey from mobile security developers Lookout indicates that 60% of smartphone owners in the U.S. do not go for more than one hour without checking their devices. Nearly 54% survey respondents admitted that they check their phones while lying in bed – before they go to sleep, after they wake up, even in the middle of the night. Nearly 39% check their phones while using the bathroom and 30% check their phones during a meal.

The worrying part – 73 percent of people feel panic when they misplace their phones, 14 percent percent feel desperate and 7 percent fall sick. There’s no doubt that smartphones and tablets are the modern-age digital obsessions for most Americans.

“Our phones are our lifeline, from sharing photos with social networks to shopping and managing bank accounts,” said Alicia diVittorio, mobile safety advocate at Lookout. “The findings establish that our attachment to smartphones is driving a new mobile mindset. Our behaviors, emotions and social interactions are impacted by smartphones, to the extent that they now play an important role in our value systems.”

The survey also reaffirms our declining mobile etiquette – whether it’s using mobile devices during meals, driving or even while during religious services at a house of worship. To put things in perspective, another similar survey from Pew Research suggests every 1 in 5 checks immediately after sex.

The survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive via its QuickQuery omnibus product on behalf of Lookout from May 8-10, 2012, among 2,097 adults ages 18 and older.

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Written by: Gaurav Kheterpal. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.comby:RSS,TwitterFacebook, or YouTube.

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