In a new survey studying Norwegians’ relationship with mobile phones, 56% say that they’re addicted to cellphones and further, they admit not being able to live without their mobile phone for more than a few hours.
The survey of Norwegian phone habits was conducted by Response Analysis for the tabloid newspaper Verdens Gang (VG).
56% of the respondents to the survey say that, although they depended heavily upon cellular phones; fewer than half suffer from a guilty conscious for doing so.
Neurologist Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy gave comment of the latest survey, saying; “I think the low number of people suffering guilt is a result of not realizing how very dependent we are upon mobile phones. We use these phones all of the time and rarely stop to think of the ramifications.”
Young mobile users, that is, those younger than 30 years of age, seem to wrestle with their conscience over phone use more often than the elderly. However, 64% of young people answering the study believe that they’re addicted to their phones.
Among parents with children under the age of 16, 66% said that they feel addicted to their cellphone; with only one out of three within this group feeling guilt-free over their phone usage.
When cellphone users were asked why they felt guilty for using their phone, most said that they felt less focused upon the moment before them. When asked what they were most likely to miss if they didn’t have a phone; being available instantly to others and being unable to keep track of current events were the two most frequent answers.
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