How long can you go before you have to pick-up and check your smartphone?

How long can you go before you have to pick-up and check your smartphone?
It seems as though you can’t go anywhere without seeing the random individual or the group of friends fawning over their smartphones. Honestly, we’re no different a lot of the time. These handy gadgets hold so much of what we do on a daily basis that we are drawn to every little notification, every blink of that LED light.

In practical terms, it is enough of an issue that we shared news about one restaurant offering a 50% discount to its customers if they agreed to turn their phones off.

Another restaurant in New York City hired a consultant to figure out what was causing an increase in dining times and a decrease in customer satisfaction, only to find out it was the customers that were the source of the problems.  They spend too much time ogling at their smartphones which slows down the whole-eating-food-thing.

Have you ever challenged friends to see how long you could go without picking up your phone? Some say the average user can’t last longer than six minutes. What's your record?


source: CommitStrip

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13 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Lets get TMZ-y here Leanne Rhimes allegedly (according to concert witnesses) had to check her iPhone in between songs during her concert. Beat that, that is smartphone addiction redefined.

2. engineer-1701d unregistered

thank God for my android wear watch

3. AlikMalix unregistered

You mean the one that tells you to check your phone because you got an email?

11. jackwong64

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

LOL is that really just a notification device?!

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm glad my addiction is over lol I went 10 he's before without checking.

5. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Were the characters putting their thumbs on the opposite character's chins? #weird

6. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Call me stupid hipster, whatever, but I'm happy with my SE C905, I have it for over 5 years now and it still has excellent battery life and perfect size for me, but I don't even use him during the day, I wear it in suit case and only check once per few hours if anyone called me. I can't stand the look of people in restaurant who sit together and barely talk to each other because they're checking facebook, People are getting more and more stupid because of how they use their phones.

7. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

8 hours 15min ..i have to sleep too (I know lame joke but whatever)

8. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

I've been using smartphones well before Android and iOS were a thing. Those first years I was really addicted, checking the phone every minute, going throug anything even when I had company, just like everybody now that can't take a meal or watch a movie without taking his/her phone out every now and then, just to do "nothing". I was a weirdo in my family back then for spending too much time in the phone. Now I'm a weirdo cause I don't spend as much time as everybody else... in Joker's words "I'm not a monster, I'm just ahead of the curve"

9. verty

Posts: 132; Member since: May 07, 2012

It's really becoming disheartening this unpleasurable addfiction to smartphones. I always tell anybody who is visiting with me to just leave their phones alone. I am gonna do it more now and fight anybody who won't. Really rude it is. You are visiting with me and chatting with another. Yuck!!!!

10. syncronyze

Posts: 103; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

I've gone almost a week without checking my phone. Whenever I go on vacation, I turn off my phone and don't turn it on until I'm done with my vacation.

12. AlikMalix unregistered

The force is strong with this one... But in reality if that's true - you got some willpower. Kudos, bro..

13. AlikMalix unregistered

To be honest, I check my phone almost hourly when I'm awake. My phone (our phones) are integrated to deep into our personal life. But let me be clear.. (obama, lol), all the times that I do check my phone -- they are NOT for facebook, tweeter, or any social thing... it is also NOT to text or chat with anyone either. I check weather, customer emails, construction project details, which project my subs are or how far are they etc.., and a few websites. Most frequent use is to set up reminders (siri), find a location (siri), basic information or facts (siri). But I just added an ability to check my external HD set up as personal cloud at home - so now I have access to ALL my files, music, photos, videos, and etc. at all times. So yes, my phone is integrated into my life. It reminds me to take my eyedrops, and when to get ready for my next customer, what to pick up from Hardware Store as I drive by. I unloaded my mind into it -- it only makes sense that I go back to retrieve that info when I need it throughout the day...

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