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Smartphone Usage: Millennials Vs. Older Adults [Infographic]

The fantastic infographic above provided by LiveScience illustrates the results of a telephone survey of 1000 U.S. participants. The survey was commissioned by Bank of America to examine adult mobile behaviours. Participants were adults who were 18 years and older, had bank accounts, and owned a smartphone.

The stats about how significantly different smartphone usage is among millennials and older adults are probably of little surprise. The lifestyles of the millennial generation have been impacted by advancements in technology a lot more than their parents - from communicating with family and friends to job hunting and building apps.

Clearly, the younger generation is more attached to smartphones than the older generation. Yet for some of us, it is an addiction.

Key Highlights

  • 55% of respondents reported that their smartphone is on a nightstand at night.
  • 35% said that their smartphone is the first thing on their mind in the morning. Only 10% said that their significant other is the first thing on their mind.
  • 54% of the younger millennials expressed that they are constantly checking and using their smartphones, compared to 36% of total respondents.
  • 42% of total respondents use a mobile banking app a few times a week. Only 14% of younger millennials use such an app once a week.
  • 31% of older millennials indicated that they would consider turning back if they left their smartphones at home. 17% of generation x indicated the opposite. The rest of the respondents were not fully sure.
  • Most older millennials and gen-xers expressed they could only last a day without their smartphones, at 41% and 37%.

Smartphone Addiction

Did you know there is an actual name for this addiction? It’s called nomophobia that is “no mobile phone” phobia. If you unreasonably fear not being able to use your smartphone, then this phobia applies to you.

To better understand nomophobia, Iowa State University researchers conducted a recent study that has allowed them to identify some central aspects of the fear. The study features a 20-question quiz that measures iPhone codependency. Feel free to take the quiz yourself, and see how you score.

"Nomophobia is considered a modern age phobia introduced to our lives as a byproduct of the interaction between people and mobile information and communication technologies, especially smartphones," Caglar Yildirim, one of the study’s authors, told The Huffington Post in an email. "It refers to fear of not being able to use a smartphone ... [and] it refers to the fear of not being able to communicate, losing the connectedness that smartphones allow, not being able to access information through smartphones, and giving up the convenience that smartphones provide."

See Also: The Most Destructive Barrier to Constructive Communication [Video]

How did you do on the quiz? Are you nomophobic? Please feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments section below...

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