It’s a heavily debated topic, but more and more people are becoming fully dependent on their mobile phones. From paying your bills to keeping in contact with your loved ones (what the phone was originally used for), everyone is integrating mobile technology into their lives. But how much is too much? Last week, we wrote about a condition called “nomophobia“, which is the fear of being disconnected from your mobile phone. As silly as it sounds, this is a very real thing. How many times have you checked your phone without even hearing it ring? We’ve all done it.
Regardless of your opinion, there are clear advantages and disadvantages to being constantly connected to your mobile device, especially if you’ve made the conscious decision to take a vacation from work and emails. But, does being connected to your mobile phone mean that you’re sacrificing your actual connection to world around you? It’s easy to become defensive and deny that you’ve lost touch with the people and places that are right in front of you, but perhaps seeing these mobile usage statistics will make your reexamine your own habits.
A few key things to take away:
- As of 2013, 91% of people own a mobile phone with 57% of them owning a smart phone
- 68% of people sleep with their phone directly beside their bed
- 35% of people use a smartphone while playing with their children
- At the end of 2013, there were more mobile devices on Earth than there were people
Take a look at the infographic below to see even more mobile facts, advantages, and disadvantages. We will have to wait a few more months to see what the end of 2014 will bring, but we suspect that the mobile domination will continue.