You might know that smartphone use and depression are correlated, but maybe you don’t know some of these other startling facts.
- 71% of people sleep with or next to their mobile phone.
- 45% of people in the United States would rather give up sex for one year than their phones.
- More people have smartphones than toilets worldwide.
- Teenagers who spend 5 hours a day on electronic devices are 71% more likely to have suicide risk factors than those with one-hour use.
Now, what does this all mean? It means that if 71% of people sleep with or next to their phone, it makes sense that 40% of people check their phones in the middle of the night. It means that if 45% of people in the U.S. would rather give up sex than their phones, it makes sense that 20% of people between ages 18 and 34 have used their phone during sex. Our phones are becoming the most important things in our lives–and we’re letting them.
Halcyon is launching a campaign to address the smartphone addiction problem, to help people change the way they live and reset their priorities when it comes to smartphone use.
While smartphone addiction affects all ages, it is especially prevalent and problematic among teenagers. Teens with a smartphone addiction are more likely to drink alcohol, use tobacco, and have poor diets. Not to mention, commit suicide.
How can you make a difference?
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