Smartphone Addiction Reaching New Heights

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-13-2013 Email

Do you sometimes get the feeling that your smartphone owns you instead of the other way around? It's astonishing how that tiny screen commands an almost hypnotic effect upon society as a whole. And a recent survey report from LG Electronics reveals the extent to which Americans will go to keep pecking away at their device—frequently pulling out the smartphone in places and during events that would have been taboo in the recent past. The trend is only expected to grow as the user base increases from a current 170 Americans today to 193 million by 2016, according to industry research. "Smartphones have quickly become the modern-day tool that most of us just can't live without," says James Fishler, senior vice president, marketing, LG Electronics USA. "With major advances in mobile technology in recent years, smartphones have gone beyond their original intent as a primary communication tool to become true-life companions for everything from social situations to our most personal moments." That said, there's one place that should be considered permanently off-limits: On the road behind the wheel, as mobile devices have been linked to nearly one-quarter of vehicle collisions. In fact, if you send or receive a text while driving at 55 mph, you'll travel the length of a football field without looking at the road, research shows. More than 1,150 Americans took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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