But with each new technology comes a few interesting side-effects that often get overlooked. So here are some of the weirdest facts about smartphones that you may have missed.
If you’ve ever had that uncomfortable feeling that you don’t know where your smartphone is, you may be suffering from the first symptoms of ‘nomophobia’.
Although the phenomenon of ‘no-mobile-phone-phobia’ may be initially amusing, the fact that we check our mobiles around 85 times per day just goes to show how dependent we are on our devices.
What’s interesting is just what we’re using our mobiles for most. Whilst they were initially designed for making calls and sending and receiving texts, it’s become clear that we’re actually using them for a surprising range of activities – and it seems that checking the time is now the biggest use of a mobile!
Instances of ‘nomophobia’ also occur as we place a greater emotional and financial weight on mobile technology. With mobile dating apps like Tinder helping to significantly broaden the amount of people using their phone for romance, it’s clear how twitchy we get about the location of our cellphones.
And fact that people can even use their mobile to win money via games of poker, blackjack and roulette on gaming sites like Euro Palace also means that they’re showing an increased attachment to their smartphones that has helped bring about the surprising fact that 90% of young people sleep with their mobile devices.
Other interesting facts that have been illustrated by the Euro Palace online casino site include the fact that our cellphones have eighteen times as much bacteria as the standard toilet handle.
But it’s not just bacteria in our mobiles that could pose a nasty health risk, as the alarming rise of ‘smartphone pinky’ suggests that excessive cellphone use could have some pretty weird effects on our bodies.
The fact that smartphones may be subtly altering our bodies may be surprising, but with the average person spending 23 days per year on their smartphones for a range of tasks like social media and online games, it’s become clear that we’ve definitely entered the mobile age.