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Study shows that tablet computers are causing insomnia

Though it has long been believed that light interrupts sleep, this research focused specifically on mobile device screens.

Scientists and doctors have known for many years that exposure to light can interrupt a person’s natural sleep patterns and make it harder to obtain the rest we need, but recently the light from tablet computers was put to the test by a team of researchers from the University of Bergen.

What they found was that people who use tablets and other mobile devices causes harm even when used in the dark.

The researchers looked into the impact of using tablet computers at bedtime when compared to reading a traditional print book. What the scientists discovered was that after reading a tablet screen for only 30 minutes while in bed, a negative impact on sleep can occur. The results of this study were published within the Sleep Medicine journal. The intention of the research was to determine whether the backlighting of the screens of mobile devices actually had a meaningful impact on the quality of sleep a user would receive.

The researchers compared the use of tablet computers with the results from people reading print books.

Tablet Computers Study - InsomniaThe study involved the participation of 16 students with an average age of 25.1 years. The research participants were permitted to sleep in their own homes and beds in order to ensure that the results were not compromised by an alteration in the participant’s sleep environment. The researchers then used a polysomnography tool in order to be able to detect sleep disorders in any of the participants. Before the study, none of the participants suffered from sleep struggles.

When the participants read from print books, the problem with sleep struggles was deemed nonexistent among the participants who already did not have problems with insomnia.

On the other hand, the tablet computers appeared to have an effect on the level of sleepiness of the users. It is suspected that the light emitted from the device screen may have played a role in this impact. That said, it’s important to note that while it may have taken more time for tablet users to doze off, the duration of sleep was the same regardless of the use of a digital screen or a print book.

Mobile technology wins more hearts in Australia than TV

The AIMIA has now released its tenth annual index which has provided considerable insight into tech trends.

The Tenth Annual Australian Mobile Phone Lifestyle Index has now been released by the AIMIA, which has allowed the industry to gain a considerable amount of insight with regards to the preferences and behaviors of consumers in Australia with regards to mobile technology.

This year, they discovered that between smartphone and televisions, Australians prefer their cell phones.

In fact, among the respondents to this year’s study, 61 percent said that they would choose their mobile technology – specifically, their smartphone – over a television. That said, 70 percent still said that they preferred their cars. Moreover, when the respondents to this survey were offered the choice from among various types of tech, about 50 percent said that their preference was their smartphone, 34 percent still preferred their laptop or desktop, and 16 percent wanted their tablets.

The survey also looked into a range of different overall behaviors with respect to the use of mobile technology.

Australia Mobile TechnologyFor example, about 30 percent of the respondents to the survey in Australia said that they brought their mobile devices to bed, where they would use them, and that they also watched television there. Another 39 percent said that they always used their smartphones while they were traveling on public transportation such as buses.

A surprising 34 percent of respondents had only a mobile phone as their telephone service and did not subscribe to a landline telephone.

When it came to shopping behaviors, the laptop and desktop continued to reign supreme, as 93 percent of PC owners had made a purchase over their computers. Comparatively, among tablet owners, 73 percent had made a purchase, and among smartphone owners, 58 percent had made a purchase over their devices.

Slightly more than one in three respondents stated that they did not wish to receive personalized ads on their mobile technology or computers. This is interesting as it is in direct opposition to the current trend that is growing with respect to the personalization of mobile marketing and advertising through the use of various kinds of messaging.