iPhone Addiction: Fact Or Fiction?

August 4, 2014
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Have you ever broken out into a cold sweat when you’ve misplaced your iPhone or left home without it? Or have you cried bitter tears if you’ve ever damaged your beloved iPhone beyond repair and then couldn’t get a replacement within an hour? Did you experience an actual stab of physical pain? Do you still get a buzz when you see “sent from my iPhone” on the end of your emails? And, are you akin to a crack addict each time Apple releases its next, new model iPhone?

Girlfriend, I hate to be the one to break it to you – but, like me, you might be a tad too enamoured with your smartphone. And we’re not alone – news has just hit that Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones in just three months, according to the company’s recently released, new fiscal third-quarter report.

This new smartphone technology – thank you, Apple – has revolutionised the way we do business, for one. Now, you can easily organise your entire working life via the swipe of a fingertip. What’s more, smartphones bridge the gap with loved ones, helping us to much easier connect, anywhere, at any time.

There’s a lot to love about the new technologies, but can they also prove too much of a curse? Are we so obsessed with our iPhones that we’re damaging our relationships by constantly checking our phones morning, noon and night? Are we missing out on experiencing actual joy, with real-life humans, around us? Are we so busy Instagramming everything we see, eat and experience, that we’re losing touch with our loved ones? Then there’s the extreme lack of social etiquette and unkindness of having your head buried in your palm, when your husband, mother, business colleague or child is talking to you.

I recently read about a big society wedding at which guests had to surrender their iPhones pre-ceremony, not to be returned until reception end. Inspired idea, I thought – but I’d find that hard to do, myself. So, is our intense consumer devotion to the iPhone an actual addiction?

Psychologists differ on their thoughts on the subject, but say it is possible to develop an iPhone addiction, although the impact would not be anywhere near as dire as in the health impact of alcoholism, or financial impact as with gambling. It’s more about the social impact, such as the negative impact on our relationships.

And, as with addiction to drugs or cigarettes or food, the chemical driver of our iPhone mania is said to be the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine. Right, I must fly – I’ve got to check my Twitter/Instagram and email!

What do you think? Is our iPhone fixation a negative or a positive?

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