Be Honest: Are You Addicted to Your Smart Phone?
Phantom rings keeping you up at night? Constantly fighting the need to reach into your pocket? Suffering from stiff-thumb syndrome?
You may be a smart phone addict. Or at least addicted to smart phone games.
According to a recent survey, 20% of smart phone users consider themselves addicted. iPhone devotees self-identify as addicts 26% of the time, whereas only 13% of BlackBerry users do the same, reports Crowd Science.
The best part? About 57% of users who are addicted to smart phone capabilities would be willing to fish their phone out of a public toilet. That's some intense dedication. Or stupidity. Seriously, a real smart phone addict wouldn't be so careless with their phone in the first place.
There's no doubt that lawyers are on the list of people most attached to their smart phones. Partners and pushy clients alike demand instant access, even on weekends and during vacation. And if you shrug off your phone in favor of a little relaxation, you can almost guarantee a reaming once back in the office. It's as though the profession is on a mission to get attorneys off of the drugs and alcohol by replacing those addictions with the more acceptable smart phone. It's technically safer--and a bit more ethical.
The point is that it's okay to be a smart phone addict these days. In fact, they want you to be a smart phone addict. They'll pay you to be a smart phone addict. Embrace your smart phone. Just not in front of the judge.
- 1 In 5 Smartphone Users Addicted (Information Week)
- Addicted to bits: Smartphones are our new drug of choice (CNN Money)
- Smartphoniacs: Addicts of the Information Age (Wall Street Journal)
- iPhone v. Blackberry: Apple Targets BigLaw, Corporate Market (FindLaw's Technologist)