Washington DC. [USA], May 1 (ANI): Everywhere you look, people are looking at the screens of the cell phone. Researchers conducted detailed interviews with smartphone users to find out why people compulsively check their phones.
In the decade when smartphones have become ubiquitous, we now have a feeling almost as common as smartphones themselves: being sucked into that black hole of looking at those specific applications, you know what they are, and then a half hour is gone. before you know it.
According to the study presented at the ACM CHI conference, the researchers discovered a number of triggers, common among age groups that initiate and terminate regular use of smartphones.
The team also explored user-generated solutions to stop unwanted use of the phone.
"A few years ago, I saw the experiences of people with smartphones and I hear them talking about their frustration with how they get involved with their phones. But on the other hand, when we ask people what they think is significant about cell phone use, nobody says, "Oh, nothing. Everyone can point to experiences with their phone that have personal and persistent meaning," said co-author Alexis Hiniker. .
Hiniker and his team interviewed three groups of smartphone users: high school students, college students, and adults who graduated from college.
The team was surprised to find that the triggers were the same across all age groups.
"This does not mean that teenagers use their phones in the same way as adults, but I think that this compulsion to get back to their cell phone happens the same way in all these groups. "Every time I have a dead moment, if I have a minute between classes, I take my phone." And the adults would say "Whenever I have a dead moment, I have a minute between seeing the patients at work and picking up my phone "Hiniker said.
For the team, this finding pointed to a more nuanced idea behind people's relationships with their phones.
"People describe it as an economic calculation. Type, "How much time do I spend on this application and how much of that time is actually invested in something lasting that transcends that specific moment of use?" Some experiences promote a lot of compulsive use, and this dilutes the time people spend on activities that are meaningful, "he added.
When it comes to designing the next wave of smartphones, Hiniker recommends that designers shift away from locking mechanisms throughout the system. Instead, applications should allow users to control their own involvement. And people should decide if an app is worth their time. (ANI)