How healthy is your relationship with your smartphone?

Dr. Kathy Modecki from the Healthy Young Minds groups at Griffith University and a team of researchers from around Australia are involved in Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey. They are asking you to share how you use your smartphone and what impact this ubiquitous device is having on your life.  Go to http://www.smartphonesurvey.net.au

 

Are you a slave to your smartphone? Or have you mastered your mobile? Researchers want your help to build a deeper understanding of our relationship with our smartphones. Take part in Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey—the online project for National Science Week.

How has having a smartphone changed your life? Has it made your life easier? Or harder? How much time do you spend on it? Does it help you connect (or disconnect) with people? And could you live without it?

Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey is asking you to share how you use your smartphone and what impact this ubiquitous device is having on your life.

Psychology researcher Dr Kathryn Modecki from Griffith University, hopes the survey will illustrate how carrying around powerful computers in our pockets is influencing our lives, health, habits and relationships.

“Does having access to the world of knowledge and unlimited social opportunities in the palm of our hands make life better?” she asks. “Get involved with Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey and help us find out.”

“I’m a know-it-all, so I love whipping out my smartphone to do some quick fact checking,” says ABC Science writer and broadcaster Bernie Hobbs.

“But there are downsides, like the feeling that thanks to my phone I’m always on call.”
Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey is open for two weeks, from 11 – 25 August, and you’re invited to take part.

Join in by heading to the Smartphone Survey website at http://www.smartphonesurvey.net.au.
All the information collected in the survey will be depersonalised and aggregated to build an overall picture of the relationship Australians have with their smartphones.
But don’t leave it until late in the evening to fill in the survey!

“Our research found that late night phone use directly contributes to poor sleep habits,” says Dr Lynette Vernon, a psychology researcher at Murdoch University.

“This poor sleep makes it harder to function during the daytime and, over time, leads to declines in overall wellbeing and mental health.”

Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey is the online national project for National Science Week 2017, undertaken by ABC Science with funding through the Australian Government’s Inspiring Australia strategy.


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