Granted, I’m 54 years old and am fast approaching the once unthinkable age of 60, so, there are a lot of things in this changing world that I just don’t get, but the “my life is in my smart phone” thinking amongst the younger set really makes me scratch my head sometimes, particularly when reading stories like Mobile addiction growing at an alarming rate last week at CNBC and learning the new term Nomophobia at Wikipededia.
Mobile addicts are multiplying at an alarming rate, as an increasing number of teens, college students and middle-age parents fall victim to the problem.
A “mobile addict” is defined as a user that launches apps more than 60 times a day, according to mobile analytics firm Flurry, six times more than the average user.
The number of mobile addicts has grown by 123 percent over the past year, according to Flurry, which looks at data from 500,000 apps across 1.3 billion mobile devices.
As of March 2014, there were 176 million addicts, up from 79 million in the same period last year. Females accounted for 52 percent of addicts, while the rest were males.
It comes as no surprise that teens and college students are part of this group as their youth has coincided with the mobile revolution.
“[Teens] are not just accustomed to mobile, they expect their mobile device to handle nearly every type of task and communication,” Flurry said.
I recently made the switch from a Breaking Bad-style pay-as-you-go flip phone to a smart phone, but only because Trac-Phone and Samsung came out with an inexpensive device (Galaxy Centura for $70 at Target) that will probably only cost me $100 a year in usage fees.
Since ski season ended last week and I stopped using Skitracks and texting my skiing buddies, the phone just sits there most of the time, though it is pretty cool to have your entire music library on the device and be able to play it via Bluetooth in your car.