Smartphones are ruining our lives: Study

Study reveals that most people who spend many hours at night on their smartphones have low productivity in their work

Regeneration March 26, 2019. A new study suggests that smartphones are ruining our lives, as one in five women and one in eight men are losing hours of sleep due to their smartphones, which causes more fatigue and less productivity.

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) conducted a survey of more than 700 mobile phone users across Australia and discovered a pattern of what is known as "techoference."

The term refers to everyday intrusions and disruptions that people experience due to smartphones, said study author Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios in a statement.

"For example, self-reports related to sleep loss and productivity showed that these negative results increased significantly over the past 13 years," said Oviedo-Trespalacios, of the Center for Road Safety and Accident Investigation in Queensland, Queensland.

Using replicated questions from a similar survey conducted in 2005, researchers discovered significant increases in people who blame their mobile phones for losing sleep, that is, 31.3 percent in 2018 versus 5.5 percent in 2005.

As a result of the foregoing, people became less productive (26.6 percent in 2018 compared to 2.3 percent in 2005) and felt more tiredness and discomfort (16.3 percent last year compared to 4.6 percent 14 years ago).

Some amazing changes were recorded between 2005 and 2018, especially the growing volume of people who would rather travel on Instagram than deal with real-world concerns, that is, 25.9 percent of women and 15.9 percent of men, versus 3.8 and 6.5 per one hundred, respectively.

"This finding suggests that mobile phones are increasingly affecting aspects of daytime operation due to lack of sleep and increased abandonment of responsibilities," said Oviedo-Trespalacios and said that many users are aware of their addiction to screen.

"The rapid technological innovations in recent years have led to dramatic changes in the current technology of mobile phones, which can improve the quality of life of users, but also result in some negative results," he added.

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