The use of mobile phones has evolved to disrupt the daily lives of millions, if not billions, of adults around the world.
New research shows that 1 in 5 women lose sleep because of the time they spend on their smartphones, against 1 in 8 men.
QUEENSLAND, Australia – t Smartphones drain the number of hours we sleep, making us less productive, and we could even make some people feel physically worse overall, according to the results of a new Australian survey.
Researchers from Queensland University of Technology say that women in particular suffer the effects of “technoference” or the problems that arise from too much phone time. The survey was administered to 709 mobile phone users aged between 18 and 83 in 2018, with questions arising from a similar survey by the group in 2005.
“When we talk about technology we refer to the interventions and interventions every day people experience because of mobile phones and their use,” said Dr Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios, from the Accident and Research Center. QUT Road Safety, in a statement to the media.
Compared to the original survey, the authors found that 19.5 per cent of women lost sleep from the time spent on their phones, compared to 11.8 per cent of men. Those numbers are significantly higher from the original survey, when only 2.3 percent of women and 3.2 percent of men felt the same.
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Today, the research shows that 24 per cent of women and 15 per cent of men could be classified as “problematic mobile phone users.” The youngest part of the group was at particular risk. Researchers say that about 41 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds fit the mold.
“This perception suggests that mobile phones could have a knock-on effect on aspects of daytime operation due to lack of sleep and more disrepair,” said Oviedo-Trespalacios.
Many participants agree that they do much less each day than they were in 2005. The authors found that 12.6 per cent of men felt less productive, compared to 0 per cent in the original survey. For women, 14 per cent also felt a decline in productivity, against 2.3 per cent in 2005. In fact, 14 per cent of women and 8.2 per cent of men go as far as trying to hide the time t they stared at their phone screens, up 3 per cent up and 3.2 per cent respectively.
A technoference affects more than just our mental state. Respondents even felt more pains and pains that they believed were due to the use of smartphones. That was the case, at least, for 8.4 per cent of women (up from 3 per cent) and 7.9 per cent of men (up from 1.6 per cent).
“Rapid technological advances over the last few years have led to dramatic changes in today's mobile phone technology – which can improve the quality of life of telephone users but also lead to some negative consequences,” said Oviedo-Trespalacios. “These include concern and, in some cases, engagement with unsafe behaviors with serious health and safety implications such as driving a mobile phone to remove it from the phone.” T
Meanwhile, 25.9 per cent of women and 15.9 per cent of men would actually use their phone than dealing with real-life priorities – up from 3.8 per cent and 6.5 per cent, respectively. . Researchers say that only statistic shows that many people turn to their devices for coping.
Interestingly, and perhaps better, fewer participants noted that they could not actually afford to pay their monthly phone bill compared to the original study in 2005.
Researchers say more than 2.5 billion people around the world own a smartphone in 2019. One cannot think only what kind of technology will appear in another 13 years, in 2032.
The findings of the study are published in the magazine. Boundaries in Psychiatry.
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