Are you addicted to your cellphone?

Monk on a cellphone. Source: Flickr
Monk on a cellphone. Source: Flickr

Conducted by iFix, who fix smart devices, a staggering 68% said that in the course of the day, they looked at their phones more often than at their partners.

The research looked at South Africans’ relationships with their phones and aimed to determine the prevalence of FOBO (Fear of Being Offline) and PSA (Phone Separation Anxiety).

We are way to dependent on our devices

74% of people said they can’t leave the house without their phones. 71% said that they preferred sharing their life through their phone (social network, texting, calling) than face to face. And 77% admitted that they checked their phone regularly without reason.

“The problem is real, we are addicted to devices and it’s not healthy. iFix Founder & CEO Alex Fourie says “Every day we are confronted with the ugly side of this problem: cracked screens, water-logged phones and generally just abused devices.


· 56% of people said the first thing they do in the morning is check their phone

· 54% said they check their phone more than 3 times an hour

· 18% said they check their phone more than 10 times an hour. That’s almost twice every 10 minutes for an hour

· 48% almost half said that they socialise most on their phones

· 52% said they spend more than 3 hours a day on their phone

· 13 % said they spend more than 10 hours a day on their phone

· 54% admitted to getting annoyed or agitated when someone else used their phone

Have your say: what if your cellphone was taken away?

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