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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. davesnothere11's Avatar
      davesnothere11 -
      If anyone needs help with their addiction please send me their iPhone and I will introduce them to step 1 of 12 on their way to recovery.
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      I used to think I was addicted. Then I found out how easy it was to give up Taco Bell. How much worse can my iPhone be?
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      I sleep with my iPhone cause that's the only way the sleep cycle app works!

      My addiction wakeup call occured the other day. I only had two things to do that afternoon. Stop at the pot office and make my bank deposits. I had to pick up the new #3 connector for my phone at the post office. Well, I was so excited to get the connector and bring my phone back to life that I completely forgot to stop at the bank. By the time I realized it the bank was closed. For my stupidity I was rewarded with $74 in overdraft fees

      Edit: post , not pot

      I don't even know where the "pot" office is!!
      ( actually, I do, but I'm not telling)
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      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.
    1. DarkoNova's Avatar
      DarkoNova -
      Man, some people have problems.

      Matt
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      ^^^^Captain Obvious
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      I'm addicted, usually fall asleep usin it
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      i think i figured this out when i found it very hard to live without mine...

      it is quite sad actually...
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      i have proof i'm addicted. had to use my ipod mini for about a week. i was so pissed. so bad. the clicky clicky wheel was driving me crazy
    1. CMOSlabs's Avatar
      CMOSlabs -
      I use it almost every hour of the day and night. When the battery gets low and needs charging I switch over to the iPod Touch with Icall till the iPhone is charged up again. It's a visious cycle. I sleep with both of them
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      LOL, wouldn't this make clothing clinically addictive too?

      Total BS.

      I don't own an iPhone anymore. Not after all the **** apple has been pulling lately, including child labor.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      i'm addicted and proud! i mean after all, aren't we spending a pretty penny on the phone to begin with?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CMOSlabs View Post
      I sleep with both of them
      pimpin'
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      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
    1. tequilaguru's Avatar
      tequilaguru -
      Ppl is clinically stupid, that is much more likely hehe
    1. andyharp's Avatar
      andyharp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      I may be addicted, but I can quit whenever I want...

      If you apply the CAGE questionnaire (for substance abuse) to the iphone. A score of 2 or more indicates a problem.

      C- tried to cut down
      A- annoyed by others bugging you about use.
      G- ever feel guilt from use
      E- ever had eye opener. Had to use first thing in morning to steady the nerves.

      Should we coin the term "IA" Iphone Anonymous.
    1. chen1976's Avatar
      chen1976 -
      pure addiction and in doubt that i will swap to another device. its like nicotine and may be once can quit.
    1. modbox14's Avatar
      modbox14 -
      anything can be addictive.

      i'd say i'm highly dependent on mine. not addicted.
    1. fmt's Avatar
      fmt -
      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.
    1. redraven's Avatar
      redraven -
      I'm glad I'm not alone....I regularly fall asleep with my phone. And wake up in terror at 4am because I can't find it in the blankets.

      My husband says I have a problem, but he wouldn't understand. You see, he's not allowed to touch my iphone