Do you use your cell phone in the bathroom? If you’re like most people, you probably do. It’s hard to resist the temptation to mechanically swipe through your Facebook and Instagram feed, or to finally respond to that text from your mom that you’ve been neglecting for the last 24 hours when all you’re doing is your “business.”
I’ll admit; I’m guilty of the act. It’s just too easy to engage your phone when it’s on your person at all times and when, quite frankly, there’s not much else going on when you’re just doing your business anyway.
But think about how long you’re in there for. I mean, if you’re not in there long enough to read this entire article on the 5 Stories You Didn’t Know About Prince (and may the musical genius rest in peace), the text messaging and feed swiping can wait, can’t it? Kick that texting habit out of the bathroom for your mind, body and hygiene like Prince once kicked Kim Kardashian off stage for not dancing.
Now, I’m not going to suggest that the behavior of engaging your cell phone while on the crapper is necessarily an indicator of addiction, but it is an interesting point to consider.
One professor out of the University of South Africa conducted a survey on 1684 teens to find out whether their interactions with their cell phones could be considered compulsive and addictive, and reported some findings that may or may not be surprising to you, but are definitely a sign that we may be overly dependent on the technological miracle we call the cell phone; or smart phone; or mobile device; or whatever the heck you wanna call it.
On average, between the 1684 teen participants surveyed, eight out of 10 said they constantly have their cell phones on them. That’s not really alarming, I go almost nowhere without my phone, but, as Tustin highlights, kids are far more likely than adults to become “addicted” to their cell phones.
This next finding is a behavior I see exhibited in friends and colleagues of mine, I mean we’re probably all guilty of it, and we’ve all been annoyed by it or called out for it, too: using your cell phone while socializing. It sounds kind of ridiculous when you think about it. Engaging your cell phone is kind of the antithesis of socializing, but, it’s a fact of reality. And Tustin’s survey found that six out of 10 teen participants said they use their cell phones while socializing.
And finally, to some it may not seem like such a great number, but it is perhaps the most alarming out of all the report’s findings: 20% of the teens admitted that they would rather miss a mean than lose their cell phone time!
If that doesn’t suggest an unhealthy dependence on smart phone tech, I don’t know what would.
Additionally, Tustin’s research uncovered the facts that 60% of those teens experienced conflict with friends due to their cell phone, 59% reported the same with their parents and 16% admitted to stealing money in order to purchase more airtime.
What do you think your cell phone usage says about your personality, ability to socialize and your behavior. What other behaviors have you seen exhibited by others that you might consider red flags? Let us know in the comments below.