The Wall Street Journal reports that roughly 1 in 5 Korean students are addicted to their smartphones. But the problem isn't limited to Korea. Last year Time magazine reported the results of a survey that found that "1 in 4 people check (their phone) every 30 minutes, 1 in 5 every 10 minutes," while "a third of respondents admitted that being without their mobile for even short periods leaves them feeling anxious."
An article in WebMD said that "70% said they check their smartphone within an hour of getting up" while "56% check their phone within an hour of going to sleep." The post, by Dr. Laura J. Martin, MD, suggested three steps to "control usage:"
- Be conscious of the situations and emotions that make you want to check your phone. Is it boredom? Loneliness? Anxiety? Maybe something else would soothe you.
Cell phone safety tips (from ConnectSafely)
For families: Connecting mindfully vs 'digital detox (by my ConnectSafely.org co-director, Anne Collier)