I read several days ago that a study had been done by Stanford University that had confirmed that many people are infact addicted to their iPhone. The iPhone users that took part in the study said that it was part of their lives and they would not be able to function each day without it. The Huffington Post reported some of the Stanford study results,
Only six percent of students said they weren’t at all addicted to the device, whereas a full 10 percent said they were fully addicted, and 34 percent gave themselves a ‘four’ on the five-point scale.
Thirty-two percent of respondents who didn’t report feeling completely addicted did worry that they would eventually become addicted.
Eighty-five percent of those surveyed reported using their iPhones as a watch while 89 percent use it as an alarm clock.
Seventy-five percent actually confessed to sleeping with their iPhone in bed next to them.
However, as students are using the iPhones to arrange their social lives, they must be careful to not let their addiction create a backlash: Seven percent of the students reported roommates or partners who felt neglected due to the respondent’s iPhone use, giving rise to the term ‘iPhone widow’ for those people who feel as though they’ve lost their significant other to the iPhone.
Many of the reported ‘side-effects’ of iPhone use are positive as 70 percent reported being more organized, 54 percent were more productive and 74 percent just felt ‘cool’ having an iPhone.
After reading this it made me wonder whether this could really be the case with some people. I use my iPhone through out the day for many things but does that make me an addict? I use it not just for games and fun but for work related things, reading the news, emails, contacting friends, surely this isn’t a bad thing and doesn’t class people as an addict? So I decided to offer my day in the life of my iPhone and openly tell you from morning til night what applications I use throughout the day on my iPhone. Then you can decide whether it is really possible to becoming addicted to a piece of technology.
Ok, so I generally start the day at 6.00 am and once out of bed and sometimes whilst actually in bed I launch Twittelator (iTunes Store) to check all my tweets from Twitter and also Boxcar (iTunes Store) to see what mentions or private messages I may have. This could take me anything from half an hour to an hour depending how much I have to catch up on.
Once that’s done I log on to the Facebook App (iTunes Store) and catch up on my friends and families chat for the last 24hrs. In between all this I have now started getting up and getting breakfast ready for me and my 3 young children. Then I might want to check up on my recent twitter statistics so I then launch Birdbrain (iTunes Store) just to see what new followers of interest I might have and who has dared to unfollow me!
After I have done the school run and sorted out what ever jobs I have had to do I then would use mBox Mail (iTunes Store) to check all my email accounts and then deal with all the emails I have, although I have this with push notifications so normally open it as and when. Throughout the day I may have set myself reminders of things to do or remember so every now and then I may get alarms from NotifyMe (iTunes Store) telling me what recent reminder I have. I might also get reminders from the default Calendar app reminding me of what I should be doing that day. Yes I set a lot of reminders, with 3 children to look after I have a terrible memory! I also keep a lot of notes on an app called Awesome Notes (iTunes Store) so I often check that if I need to refer back to something.
Next up Ive just started using Byline (iTunes Store) an app to view all my RSS feeds and then I would work my way through them in and around with the other jobs Im doing at that time. I will also have a bit of fun on my phone at lunch time or at some point in the day. At the moment the games I play through out the day areNgmoco’s We Rule and Godfinger and Tag Games Astro Ranch (iTunes Store) . The first two I will play on and off until I go to bed because those sort of games are in real time and are my favorite! You also need to play them often to enjoy the game fully.
I like to catch up on the news at some point and for that I use the Guardian App (iTunes Store) and I also read Mashable app (iTunes Store). I like to also check I have no updates for my much loved apps so would visit the app store via my iPhone to do that at least once a day. When I use Twitter through out the day I also like to share little iPhone news I find, its just an hobby I guess and something I enjoy. I have an app called BargainBin App (iTunes Store) which tells you all the daily bargains in the app store so most days I check that just to see if theres any hidden gems to share with everyone.
Now when I venture out into the outside world away from my iPhone but still in my pocket, if I feel the need to tweet about something or update on facebook then I would quickly whip out my iPhone and launch Chirpie App (iTunes Store) to send a quick update. If I happen to be indoors and not able to get to my laptop I might launch Palringo (iTunes Store) so I can be contacted via MSN chat or if I know somebody will be on there that I need to get hold of. At the end of the day if I remember I like to put a few words or pictures in my Momento app (iTunes Store) just for something to look back at. My day ends about 11pm and before I shut down my iPhone I have one last check on Twittelator. Phew!
So that is it really, some of the apps I do actually open several times a day so I guess my iPhone is slightly over used and I charge it at least once a day. A lot of the apps I use though do help me do my every day things and work so surely that’s not a sign I am addicted I just use my phone instead of my laptop. Counting up that’s twenty apps I use most days so I’m asking myself now whether this is normal or whether I am actually addicted?
What do you think? How many apps do you use each day?