Do notifications play a major role in you getting addicted to smartphone? This study reveals some astonishing results

Fewer is better, and keeping balance in every aspect of life is important, so is maintaining a stable routine regarding your mobile usage. A mobile phone is counted as no less than a blessing these days. However, researchers have proven that its overuse - can cause serious damage to your health.

Before you become the cause of your death you should know that if you are suffering from nomophobia; which is a fear of being without a mobile phone: and how to tackle it. Spending more than half of the day repeatedly checking on social media apps like Instagram, Facebook, Whatsapp or even playing games can leave long-term and negative drawbacks on your life.

You might be thinking that popping up notifications on your mobile screen makes you dependent on it more than your need. Well, let me tell you that recently a study conducted by the London School of Political Science (LSE) has proven your assumptions wrong. It was found by it that only 11 percent of people responded to a message while 89 percent of them used their mobile infrequently and spontaneously.

Additionally, group chats were considered as a source of disturbance along with the messages they contain as least important to the population which was being studied. Whereas, Facebook and Instagram were consuming most of the time of mobile users. Furthermore, the study claimed that wanting to use your mobile phone is due to you - wishing to interconnect with your device which is not intentional rather involuntary. The study further quoted an example of a smoker who is used to smoking - lights the cigarette; which is a spontaneous act.

Germany, UK, and France were the countries where the survey took place; which was research on 37 people with an average age of 25 years about how often they use their phones. To make the data valid, the participants were provided with cameras by researchers, which allowed them to make a video of their daily usage of mobiles.

Researchers named Maxi Heitmayer and Prof Saadi Lahlou published their study on Science Direct which indicated a total of 1,130 mobile pick-ups by the population being surveyed.

Whatsapp remained on the top apps which were mostly used by 22 percent of the research participants with calls ranking at the last with only 1 percent of users. Most of the peoples used their mobiles when traveling on a bus or when they were at home and were recorded using their mobile less when they were sitting with relatives, friends, or family members. Interestingly, an email message remained the most important of all notifications.

Upon the completion of the study: candidates reported having said that most of their mobile interactions were unexpected and random.

To get a better answer of whether you using your mobile has become a need or is a habit; similar surveys should be conducted - says Dr. Linda Kaye who is from the Psychology Department of Edge Hill University.



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