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  • Is The iPhone Clinically Addictive?



    The Ivy League brain-trust from Stanford University is trying to tell us something we already know, but with the backing of a formal survey to provide additional credibility. It turns out the iPhone is actually quite "habit forming."

    Nearly one-third of the two-hundred Stanford University undergraduates polled for this survey expressed fears that their iPhone is not only addictive, but that they could already be clinically addicted to their beloved smartphone. The survey, in case you're wondering, was conducted by a graduate anthropology class in research methods.

    What the folks behind the survey seem to find most disturbing is the way in which many students "personify" their iPhones by either naming it or referring to the device as "my little friend." Consequently, the results of the survey suggest that many people have a dangerously close or addictive relationship with their iPhones.

    One of the theories proposed for the growing "obsession" people have with their iPhones is that the mobile device is a way to manage on the go the "internet personality" people cultivate in front of their computer screens. This assumption, naturally, hints at some iPhone users having a split personality - the face they show the world, and the face they show the digital world.

    Just how close are the students at Stanford with their iPhones? 75% admitting sleeping with their handset - that is, falling asleep in bed with their device in hand.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Is The iPhone Clinically Addictive? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 52 Comments
    1. sangredegrillo's Avatar
      sangredegrillo -
      Dammit..I can't sleep without my iPhone, I wake up in the middle of the night just to see it beside me
    1. pirarre's Avatar
      pirarre -
      My wife calls my iPhone 3gs my mistress...I agree! Plus I like the fact that it does whatever I want and doesn't even talk back...lol
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      "My little friend"???? What the hells bells is wrong with these Stanford students?!? Sure I always like to have mine with me, but to nickname and refer to it...I find that extremely weird!
      Yeah, it's a bit odd. I'm all for my iPhone and can't really use another device but i'm not that addicted to it. It stays on my bed at night because i use it as an alarm to wake up too and i've given it a name from iTunes and that's about it.

      Quote Originally Posted by fmt View Post
      I must confess
      I once fell a sleep with my girlfriend's iphone
      I know, I should be a shame of my self.
      But I couldn't help it, she's got the latest model.
      Either that or she left some "pictures" on their and you couldn't let go.

      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I am so addicted I kept my first gen incase my 3G didn't work and kept my 3G incase my 3Gs didn't work... and have all three incase one breaks and then I don't have to go without one... crazy eh? lol
      lol that's crazy but i almost did the same thing. Except i skipped the 3G and went straight for the 3GS. So, if next model is good enough i'll use that and have the 3GS as backup, but that only depends how the next model iPhone will be.

      Quote Originally Posted by sangredegrillo View Post
      Dammit..I can't sleep without my iPhone, I wake up in the middle of the night just to see it beside me
      lol, that sounds creepy.
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      i hate falling asleep with my iPhone... i always wake up worried if i damaged it
    1. drumbeater79's Avatar
      drumbeater79 -
      Lol! Very true! It's the last thing I see before I sleep, and the first thing I see when I wake up! It's so addictive, really!!!
    1. giancarlo's Avatar
      giancarlo -
      I know I'm addicted....because there have been times that I leave my wallet at the gas pump register (which was laid down next to my phone) and take the phone. I call it "The Precious"......I feel like smeagol when it's not with me. I'd have to say that If i couldn't jailbreak it I would feel different...
    1. Sadhunni's Avatar
      Sadhunni -
      Im not going to lie. Im addicted to my iphone. I sleep next to my iphone and I left the house with my phone and forgot to bring my wallet lol.

      First thing I see when I wake up on the morning, is my iphone lol
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      I use the iphone Speck holder in landscape mode on the corner of my bed. I open up ipod and select the movie and fall asleep watching the movie. I think the iphone stops at the 20% low battery mark and goes to sleep while I am in deep sleep. By the time I wake up, its at 5% and then I put it on charge til it get to 65% then I am good for work.
      Why not just charge it while watching your movie?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tequilaguru View Post
      Ppl is clinically stupid, that is much more likely hehe
      i'm not even sure anymore
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      this is just a reHAsh of posts of past times relapsed
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      my iPhone died, and I got it replaced 2 weeks after that terrible day.

      I assure you that those 2 weeks were the longest, most painful days of my life.
    1. sanchez5's Avatar
      sanchez5 -
      I was very addicted until I updated to the 3.1.3 and messed up my jailbreak...I've been so sad. I guess I'm mourning until I can find somebody to fix it :-(