Have you ever asked yourself the question of which part of the population is the most addicted to mobile phones? This question has been launched from the portal Culture, obtaining the answer that those people whose ages range between 15 and 24 years are the ones who present the greatest addiction to these devices. No one will deny that smartphones are of great help when used correctly, but that the appearance of all kinds of applications and the possibility of being connected to the network from anywhere, has caused the appearance of this type of addiction.
According to some studies, more than 90% of the population has a smartphone, and of these, about 95% use it on a daily basis. Average use is 3 hours and 20 minutes, with applications being the ones that consume most of the time.
What user profile uses the mobile phone the most?
The youth population between 25 and 34 years old is the one that uses smartphones the most to consult information, 81.3% . It is followed by those from 13 to 24 years old, 80.4% and those between 35 and 44 years old are the third group that most uses these devices to surf the internet, 69.5%.
Adults , however, prefer the computer to surf the net . The 95% of the elderly aged 65 and 74 , choose the PC instead of the mobile phone. The same goes for the very young, 87% of users between 45 and 54 years old and 85% between 55 and 64 years old also prefer this device.
Based on this report, the youth population is the one that uses smartphones the most and has the highest risk of becoming addicted as they grow up in the digital age. The data collected confirms this. 27% of 10-year-olds already own a mobile phone and as age increases, the ownership of these devices grows exponentially, resulting in 94% of 15-year-olds already having their own smartphone.
What symptoms do mobile phone addicts suffer from?
Nomophobia is the name given to this addiction, being more common than we might think. The most common symptoms are:
- Need to compulsively access the mobile phone to check notifications or warnings.
- Show discomfort, irritability or anxiety if the internet connection is faulty or when the use of the device is restricted or prohibited.
- Sleeping with the device very close , against the bed, on the floor or under the pillow, or suffering from insomnia due to the need to check the phone or be connected.
- Do not enjoy leisure if the mobile runs out of battery or carry chargers or batteries to prevent the mobile from turning off.
- Loss of track of time when using mobile phone.
- Low academic performance and socialization problems.
On the other hand and in addition to those mentioned, this addiction can also present physical disorders. Experiencing exhaustion or visual irritation, neck pain , diseases derived from germs, car accidents or in some cases male impotence , are typical of nomophobia.