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Smartphone addiction studied in context of nomophobia

Scientists are looking into the growing issue involving the fear of having to be without a mobile device.

A new research study has begun in order to take a new look at smartphone addiction from the angle of “nomophobia”, which is the term they have given to “no mobile phone phobia”, where the individual is afraid to be without a mobile device.

The research found that the human brain has started to think about mobile devices in a similar way to a relationship.

What it determined is that smartphone addiction and nomophobia could be the result of an interpretation that the brain has in terms of the acquisition and retention of information that is treated the same way as a relationship with a human being. What this interpretation from the brain is doing is leading to feelings of distress or anxiety in some people when they don’t have their mobile device with them or when they don’t know where it is. It has also meant that many people have become highly dependent on their smartphones in order to be able to fulfill some of their basic needs and to complete certain everyday tasks.

People now have a smartphone addiction to the point that their safety, learning and connection with others depends on the device.

Smartphone AddictionThis dependence has expanded to the point that many people feel that without their devices, they would not be able to answer many of their question with regards to the state of their world and the people who are important to them. Moreover, the dependence that people have formed on those devices is on its way up. This helps to show why there could be psychological consequences from the relationship that has formed between people and their mobile devices.

For instance, previous research has found that when we continually have external sources of information available and we feel that we can rely on those resources to discover what we want about whatever subject we want, our motivation to acquire and retain knowledge about a subject will decline. This means that people will not focus as much on actually learning something when they know they’ll be able to look it up again later.

The research has found that in this way, our smartphone addiction has taught us to treat our mobile devices as relationship partners. Previous to these devices, we would usually first consult other people when we wanted to obtain information we didn’t know. Now, we rely on our devices and when those gadgets go missing or aren’t there, it gives us a distressed feeling.

BlackBerry PRIV available for pre-order in Canada

The first Android based smartphone from the vendor can now be purchased by Canadians.

Canadians have now become the first consumers to be able to buy a BlackBerry PRIV in advance of its release, which is expected to occur in mid-November, though the company has yet to officially release a launch date.

The PRIV will be the first BlackBerry handset to be based on Google’s Android operating system.

This device has now been opened up for preorders within the Canadian market. Though there is no date published for the release of the BlackBerry PRIV, the company is hoping that consumers will start to get on board in buying the device ahead of time, when they know that there is an imminent launch date ahead – even if they don’t know exactly when that will be. This will represent the first time a smartphone from the company will be running on an operating system that was developed by a company other than itself.

The company is hoping that the BlackBerry PRIV will help to revive its floundering handset sales.

Since there is a relatively small BlackBerry customer base at the moment, the majority of developers have stopped creating mobile apps for that operating system. Instead, they have chosen to develop apps for Apple’s iOS and for Google’s Android, where the markets are exponentially larger. This drop in app available has caused BlackBerry to lose a tremendous amount of interest from customers.

Recently, it attempted to create a new appeal for its devices by making it possible for Android apps to be run on BlackBerry 10 through the Amazon app store. However, that didn’t produce the results for which they were hoping.

Now, the BlackBerry PRIV will take this effort a step further by dropping the BlackBerry operating system and using Android, instead, while still providing the hardware features that consumers have come to enjoy from the company. In this way, consumers will be able to use the brand’s smartphone but will still be able to download apps from Google Play, which offers far more applications and a much larger number of favorites than the company’s own offerings.