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Drats! Yet another study points to smartphones as serial human relationship killers

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Drats! Yet another study points to smartphones as serial human relationship killers
Have you ever broken up with your girl/boyfriend over a text message or mobile email? Have you spent most of the time during fancy restaurant dinner staring down at your smartphone screen instead of the people across your table? Is the time your phone screen spends unlocked starting to equal your TV time?

If so, you are seemingly in the majority, especially if your age ends with the -teen suffix. Dr James Roberts, of the Baylor's Hankamer School of Business, that commissioned a study on the compulsive behavior behind phone usage these days, revealed that it has all the symptoms of a substance addiction, and is affecting our interpersonal skills on a grand scale.

"Mobile phones are a part of our consumer culture. They are not just a consumer tool, but are used as a status symbol. They're also eroding our personal relationships," said the good doctor.

The team concluded that the youth studied during the research phase showed the tendency to check their phones about 60 times day, spending up to seven hours in some cases in total of messaging, checking the web, fiddling with apps and so on.

"At first glance, one might have the tendency to dismiss such aberrant mobile phone use as merely youthful nonsense - a passing fad," he added. "But an emerging body of literature has given increasing credence to cell phone addiction and similar behavioural addictions."

source: DailyMail

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posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:54 3

1. TylerGrunter (Posts: 1057; Member since: 16 Feb 2012)


And yet another one to add to the list of "dangerous addictions" after they came (from older to newer):
The TV addcition
The computer addiction
The game addiction
The internet addiction
And the new "mobile addiction"...
And yet one wonders how we keep having relationships in the world

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 10:55 1

7. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Hey, you forgot porn addiction...lol

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 12:32 2

8. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4108; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


How we keep having relationships in the world;

Find someone with the same interests. 1 game addict + another game addict = best thing ever.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 07:57 2

2. ibap (Posts: 710; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Rude and uncouth is rude and uncouth - regardless of the medium.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 08:21

3. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


I would rather break up with my gf with a direct approach

IF I HAD ONE

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:03 2

4. Thephonegeek (Posts: 118; Member since: 22 Nov 2012)


Fu*k. We don't care. Geeks or Nerds like us never engage in a relationship. We are Forever Alone Guys.

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 09:17 4

5. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Nope...i'm not with you.
There's a thing called "LIFE"...and even though i am a geek, i love being loved!

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 10:31

6. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


I'd read this article, but I've got to check my phone!

posted on 05 Dec 2012, 14:30 2

9. Valdomero (Posts: 125; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


I have to admit I broke up with my girlfriend over a text message. she was avoiding me (personally and calls) every time (everything just went downhill), so I had no other option to text her and get done with it.

In other hand, when I meet with people at dinner or social events, I HATE when they stare at the phone the whole time, the same when I go to see a movie... (It's ok if you just check the phone and put it away, but c'mon, is very rude to text and "having a conversation" with someone right in front of you)

People are not polite anymore, I just put the device in silence and be social or enjoy the show.

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