The problems with cell phones: Addiction, low battery anxiety

Drive 24/05/2018
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What is the one thing you wish had never been invented?

That’s the question a Louisiana teacher asked her 6 year old students - and the answer? Well, 20 percent said they wished mobile phones were never made. 

“I don’t like the phone because my parents are on their phone every day. I hate my mom’s phone and I wish she never had one,” one student wrote.

Auckland University marketing expert Bodo Lang told Ryan Bridge and Lisa Owen on Drive that people are more addicted to their phones than ever before.

“A large proportion finds it increasingly difficult to put their phone away or to be a day without their phone if it’s being repaired, for example,” he said.

“If you repeatedly keep checking your phone even though nothing has been beeping or buzzing that’s quite a clear indicator of people getting to an addictive stage.

Drive co-host Ryan Bridge revealed on air that his phone is only ever charged between 20 – 30 percent.

“If I put it down on the charger, I’ll pull it off again within 10 minutes,” he said.

I can’t bear to be without it for an hour.

Mr Lang said some people suffer from low battery anxiety.

“People are less satisfied with their lives and their relationships if their phone battery is down a bit.”

Listen to the full interview with Bodo Lang above.

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