September 14, 2006
One In Six Cell Phone Users Addicted?

If the findings of a British researcher are correct then obsessive compulsive mobile cell phone users have a substance abuse problem where the substance is a cell phone.

Psychologist Dr David Sheffield asked to group of students to fill in a survey based on one used to diagnose gambling addiction.

The volunteers, who were aged between 18 and 25, were asked questions such as whether relatives had ever asked them to cut down on their mobile use and if they became bad tempered when denied access to their phone.

Analysis of the results showed one in seven became restless and irritable when they couldn't make phone calls and had no qualms about would lying to cover up the amount of time they spent on their handset.

Ninety per cent said they took their mobiles wherever they went and third used phone calls to lift their mood. Seven per cent even said they would rather lose a job or relationship than give up their mobile.

They have to have their mobile cell phone fixes.

People who gave up mobile phones experienced a drop in blood pressure.

People are becoming addicted to mobile phones, causing them to become stressed and irritable, work suggests.

Dr David Sheffield, of the University of Staffordshire, found problem behaviour linked to using a mobile in 16% of 106 users who were studied.

In a separate study, to be presented at a conference in Essex later, he found blood pressure was lower in those who had given up using mobile phones.

I know people who excessively use their cell phones. So this report rings true. Humans are not evolved to live in the technological societies we've created. They are not adapted to use the technologies they encounter in their environments.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2006 September 14 10:34 PM  Comm Tech Society


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remo williams said at September 17, 2006 12:13 PM:

"I know people who excessively use their cell phones. So this report rings true. Humans are not evolved to live in th technological societies we've created. They are not adapted to use the technologies they encounter in their environments."

Huh? How do you know they excessively use cell phones? Can't high usage simply be a prefernce for communicating? Are those who don't have cell phones necesssarily Ludites? Of course not.

There are over a billion people living quite well in high tech societies as well with another 2 billion on our heels. It sort of appears that humans have adapted quite well to technological societies we've created and continue to change.

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