Tag: mobile addiction

Mobile apps are launched 60 times daily by 15 percent of users

A recent study determined that 280 million people are launching their applications many times each day.

A new report from Flurry has been released and what it showed was that there is a considerable group of people that they are labeling “mobile addicts” due to the number of times that their mobile apps are launched within any given day.

What they found was that 15 percent of smartphone and tablet users are launching their applications very often.

In fact, the Flurry report showed that those 15 percent are launching mobile apps at least 60 times per day. This meant that they fell into the category of mobile addicts, as defined by the firm, and that there are an estimated 280 million of them around the world. These 280 million people are continually using and launching applications in their mobile devices. Though this may not sound like very much when compared to the complete global population, keep in mind that it is 15 percent, which means between one and two out of every 10 people could fall into this category.

In fact, the number of people launching mobile apps at that rate is equivalent to one of the most populous countries.

Mobile Apps & Mobile UsersTwo hundred and eighty million people is the same number as the fourth most populated country on the planet, only slightly behind the population of the United States. When considering that mobile addicts could make up the fourth most populated country in the world, it starts to put things into perspective with regards to the usage of these devices and how much some people are actually using them.

Furthermore, the mobile addicts usage group is also the one that has the largest growth in terms of its own population. In fact, over the last year, the number of people who would fall into that group grew by a massive 59 percent.

Among the primary drivers of this very high rate of usage of mobile apps is messaging and social applications. Those are the types of app that are launched 6.6 times more frequently than are used by the average smartphone or tablet user that is not considered to be an addict.

Separation anxiety from mobile devices makes us dumber, study

When you can’t find your iPhone, do you feel as though you can’t think straight? It’s not your imagination.

It is a common feeling for people who are regular users of mobile devices to feel as though they aren’t able to think as clearly or to remember as much when they are separated from those gadgets, and a recent study has shown that this isn’t just a feeling…

People who are suddenly separated from their iPhones don’t perform as well on cognitive tests.

The results of a new study that was conducted by researchers at the University of Missouri determined that subjects who were the owners of iPhones and who were separated from those mobile devices ended up performing measurably more poorly on cognitive tests. This study did not go to the extent as to say that using smartphones was making people smarter. Instead, what it suggested was that people who typically had cell phones and used them on a regular basis experienced notably anxiety when those gadgets were taken away, to the point that they were not able to concentrate as well as they typically would.

Subjects were informed that they would be testing out new types of mobile devices for measuring blood pressure.

Mobile devices iphoneOnce they were hooked up to the monitors, they were required to complete a simple word search style puzzle. Once that first puzzle was completed, they were asked to finish another one. The difference during the second test was that they were required to relinquish their iPhones in order to do it, as they were told that the smartphones were causing “Bluetooth interference” with the blood pressure gadgets that they were led to believe that they were testing.

During that second test, their blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety levels all rose. What was highly notable about this reaction was that their cognitive function slipped, as well, and they were not able to do as well on the simple word search puzzle.

The conclusion that researchers drew from this mobile devices study was that if a large exam or business meeting is coming up, don’t leave the smartphone at home, as doing so could be harmful to performance.