Addiction to mobile devices and social networks

The world of mobiles

Mobile devices, social networks and other new media technology are becoming an integral part of every day and they have helped us in no small measure in enhancing our productivity, connecting with family and friends as well as improving our knowledge.

Most of us own and use different mobile devices and as well as belong to social networks we may have become so accustomed to this that we may not have noticed the negative side of all this.

Have you ever tried to stay away from any social network at for couple of hours without experiencing a craving to see what’s happening? How did you feel when you misplaced your smart phone only for you to locate it a few hours later? You can do some research online and for yourself the rising trend of mobile addiction.

As much as we may want to deny it, more people are getting addicted to their mobile devices as well as social networks. If they are denied access to any of this, it’s going to be a serious issue for them. I have friends who can’t do with out their blackberry smartphones, others must ‘Facebook’ or tweet everyday.

If all your mobile devices were taken away from you for one week without any access to the internet, would you remain sane for that period of time? Your thoughts and comments are welcome

  1. Sometimes I wish I never hopped on the smartphone train as I seem to be obseesing about nothing but gadgets lately.

    BB playbook 3G and BB10 seriously on my mind as I’ve started trying to make financial arrangement for them but getting a new laptop for myself/sister seems to be in the way.

  2. I think I’m addicted to my phones but not necessarily any social networking service/site. I make a point of duty to visit Facebook and Twitter a couple of times each day but I think I will be fine even if I have to skip those sites for a day or two. I also visit tech blog sites and other news sites everyday.

    Though I can’t say which site in particular would make very uncomfortable, I think taking me away from all of them for a couple of days would definitely make me restless.

  3. I earnestly get urges to play around with my mobile phone. Yes! I’m addicted my mobile phone and everything equipped in it (Internet, Music and all that)
    I’m happy I got addicted to my mobile phone.

    Pointing to Social Networks, I think twitter is the right one that got me addicted or I’m addicted to it, As the case may be.

  4. I hate to admitt it but either way, I think i’m also addicted to my mobile device.

    I can stay off social networks like twitter, 2go & facebook for sometime but, i can’t stay off the internet.

    I get restless when i run out of data and can’t subscribe because i’ve cashed out.

    I also can do without the games, music & notepad app on my phone.

  5. am addicted to social networking o, im always replying a message!! But recently i have been able to reduce the addiction by not subscribing to any data play and as well engaging in other activities… Follow me on twitter @olusheenor

  6. Surprisingly I thought I was “addicted” until I discovered something called work. When I am at work and have something to do, my phone is the least of my interests. No one calls me and vice versa. I don’t IM unless I’m very bored or have something to tell someone. I like it that way.

    If, on the other hand, I was at home with time on my hands, then yes, I would be social networking and on Twitter all the time. As it is, I may check it when I’m on my way to work, and on the way back home. In between I rarely bother.

  7. Addiction to the internet and technology, in general, is a reality.

    I guess the first steo to solving any problem is to acknowledge that that problem exists.

    lots if people are addicted , but refuse to acknowledge it.

    if you spend an inordinate amount of time on the internet (without using it for specific purposes _ say forex trading), you may be (on the way to being) an addict.

    No, I would not say I am addicted…

  8. “Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable but the continued use of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work or relationships, even health.”

    Going by the above definition, it will be hard to say many of us are addicted. When duty calls, mobile or Internet is definitely out. However, when mobile and Internet are in line of duty, not getting them when needed could be a real source of headache.

    NO, am not addicted.
    Habituated YES. Addiction NO.



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