Smartphones had to become our assistants, helping us being always updated with the latest news, and having all the necessary tools in one device. However, most users have been imprisoned by their smartphones and tablets, being distracted by them day and night.
One of the surveys done on the matter suggests that 1/3 of adult British check their devices even during the night, distracting their sleep.
There are even more people of the 18 to 24 age range in that category – half of them check their phones and 1/6 replies in the middle of the night. A research done by a business advisory firm Deloitte suggests that the so-called smartphone addiction interferes with people’s relationships. It also may slow down the productivity and attention of employees, which slows down the whole companies’ development.
The head of the technology research department of Deloitte, Paul Lee, said that users need to stop allowing the technologies to run their lives. Instead, they have to learn how to use the technologies to help run their own lives at their best. The survey of 4,000 people found that one in ten smartphone owners reaches for the phone as soon as they wake up.
The research also found a shift in the way people communicate. Standard voice calls are declining while video calls, emails and use of social networks is growing. Almost one in three respondents said they had not made a single phone call on their device in the past week, compared with 25 per cent last year and 4 per cent in 2012. Some companies are ordering employees to switch off. In France workers have been given the right to disconnect from work emails and ignore telephone calls outside of their contracted hours.
Deloitte also found that the rate of new user growth was slowing, with smartphone penetration rising by 7 per cent in the year to June 2016; down from 9 per cent in 2015, 13 per cent in 2014 and 19 per cent in 2013.
However, Mr Lee said that he did not expect sales to suddenly fall. “The replacement market is likely to remain healthy, and given the sizeable base of existing owners, smartphone sales are likely to remain in the tens of millions for the foreseeable future.”