August 17, 2011
These days, a cell phone is much more than a method of communication. In fact, a new study shows it’s being used as just the opposite. According to a new survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 13 percent of mobile owners pretend to be on their cell phone in order to avoid social interaction.
Out of the 2,277 people surveyed, younger cell phone users were most likely to have used this avoidance method – 30 percent of those between the ages of 18 to 29. In comparison, only 2 percent of those 65 and older have ignored someone by pretending to use their phone.
The survey also revealed people use their phones for:
- Information retrieval: 51% had used their phone at least once to get information they needed right away
- Emergencies: 40% of cell owners said their phone helped them in some kind of emergency situation
- Entertainment: 42% said they used the cell phones to stave off boredom
- Text messaging and picture taking: 73% of cell phone owners used their devices for each purpose
- Multimedia: 54% of respondents used their phone to send photos or videos to others, while 44% used their phone to access the Internet
One percentage that is (pleasantly) surprising – 29 percent of cell phone owners reported turning off their phone for a period simply to take a break.
July 9, 2009
On top of everything else there is to worry about – bills, your job, what you eat (just to name a few) – now you have to worry about your texting technique. Apparently there’s a proper way to text and continually using poor technique might cause hand, arm, and even neck pain. If you’re like me, and texting is your preferred form of communication, the results of this study might be slightly concerning … or simply resign you to a fate of hand and neck pain.
The study was conducted at the Sahlgrenska Academy (at the University of Gothenburg) in Sweden and was led by ergonomist Ewa Gustafsson. As part of the study, researchers analyzed the texting technique of 56 young adults who text on a daily basis. They used a device that measures flexibility in order to monitor muscular activity and thumb movement. About half of the participants complained of pain in the neck, arms, or hands.
They found that those experiencing pain tended to text with one thumb, using it at an increased speed and with less breaks. Participants with pain were also more likely to text while hunching over, therefore putting strain on the neck and back.
If you’re interested in improving the way you text, the study’s news release provides some not-exactly-groundbreaking advice:
“ERGONOMICALLY CORRECT TEXT MESSAGING
Don’t sit in the same position for a long time; instead try to vary your position. Use the chair’s backrest. Relieve your forearms by resting them against a desk or your thighs. Use both thumbs. Avoid hunching over for a long time. Give your thumbs a break when typing long messages. Don’t type too fast.”