The use of mobile phone has profoundly upset the daily lives of millions, even billions of adults in the world.
A new study shows that one in five women lose sleep because of the time spent on their smartphone, compared to one in eight men.
QUEENSLAND, Australia – According to the results of the new Australian survey, smart phones reduce the number of hours of sleep, which makes us less productive and could even worsen the physical condition of some people.
Researchers at Queensland University of Queensland University say that women, in particular, suffer the effects of "technofence" or problems caused by too much time on the phone. The survey was conducted among 709 mobile phone users aged 18 to 83 in 2018, issues arising from a similar survey conducted by the group in 2005.
"When we talk about technofence, we are referring to the intrusions and daily interruptions caused by mobile phones and their use," says Dr. Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios, QUT's Center for Traffic Accident and Road Safety Research. A press release. .
In comparison with the original survey, the authors found that 19.5% of women fell asleep after spending time on the phone, compared with 11.8% of men. These figures are significantly higher than those of the original survey, while only 2.3% of women and 3.2% of men were of the same opinion.
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Today, according to the study, 24% of women and 15% of men could now be classified as "problem cell phone users". The youngest segment of the group was particularly at risk. Researchers say that about 41% of people aged 18 to 24 are in the mold.
"This finding suggests that mobile phones are potentially affecting more and more aspects of daytime functioning due to lack of sleep and the increasing abandonment of responsibilities," Oviedo-Trespalacios said.
Many participants agree that they perform far fewer tasks each day than in 2005. The authors found that 12.6% of men felt less productive, compared to 0% in the original investigation. For women, 14% also felt a drop in productivity, compared to 2.3% in 2005. In fact, 14% of women and 8.2% of men go so far as to conceal the time that they spend to look at the screen of their phone, an admission of 3% and 3.2% respectively.
Technofence affects more than our mental state. Respondents felt even more pain than they thought was due to using a smartphone. This was the case, at least, for 8.4% of women (versus 3%) and 7.9% of men (versus 1.6%).
"The rapid technological innovations of recent years have brought about radical changes in today's mobile phone technology, which can improve the quality of life for phone users, but also have negative consequences," says Oviedo. -Trespalacios. "These include anxiety and, in some cases, participation in unsafe behaviors, with serious health and safety consequences, such as distracted driving on the mobile phone."
At the same time, 25.9% of women and 15.9% of men would prefer to use their phone rather than dealing with real priorities, compared to 3.8% and 6.5% respectively. Researchers say that statistics alone show that many people are turning to their devices to adapt.
Interestingly, and perhaps for the better, fewer participants said they could not really afford to pay their monthly phone bill compared to the original 2005 study.
Researchers say that more than 2.5 billion people in the world would own a smartphone in 2019. One can only wonder what will the technofence look like in 13 years, 2032.
The results of the study are published in the journal. Borders in psychiatry.
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