Blogging and Cell Phone Addiction

Blogs, or online journals, are a way for internet users to express themselves creatively or to document their experiences. About one in ten internet users contribute to a blog; one in three internet users read blogs. A growing number are using mobile devices for WordPress blogging.
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In a national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project 13 percent of cell phone users reported deflecting awkward conversations by faking phone calls.  Only 29 percent reported turning off their phone to get a break from using it.  Source image credit

83% of Americans own some kind of mobile phone which means that one-third of all American adults (35%) are smartphone owners. The latest survey reveals how dependent users are on mobiles. A majority of adults aged 18-49 use their phones as entertainment devices when bored. 30% of adults 18-29 have pretended to be on the phone in order to avoid human interaction!  What’s more? An astonishing 42% of adults (18-29 years) said that they have had trouble completing a task because they didn’t have their phone nearby!

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Discussion

Do you use a mobile for blogging?

If so, are you among the number who never turn their mobiles off?

Do you fake phone calls to avoid human interaction?

Whether or not your own mobile, what’s your response to these statistics?

28 thoughts on “Blogging and Cell Phone Addiction

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  3. I can see how popular using phones for entertainment has become. But for the life of me I don’t understand how anyone can feel satisfied using a screen that is barely over 3 inches big, if that. I did try it just to keep up with the times. But it’s a hassel not worth the effort. I shut off my phone as much as possible. That means all the time unless I am expecting a call.

  4. I guess those who leave cell phone on at night, maybe it’s just for incoming phone messages?

    We have fun internal polls..for over 500 employees (out of several thousands of employees) that responded 73% still had a land line, only 13% had only cell phone.

    • Hi Jean,
      I hadn’t thought of the incoming message use for leaving a cell phone on at night. That’s an interesting statistic re: land lines and cell phones. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Hi There,
      It’s good to hear your turn it off at night. The number of people who don’t amazed me. I think there’s something very odd about people who are always available and you named it – addiction.

  5. I don’t have a cellphone yet. What’s the point? Seriously. 98% of phone calls aren’t emergency. I don’t have children to worry about. He had a cellphone only for emergency situations when he was cycling solo across North America for several months.

    I agree with Ian and others, that a cellphone is just becoming a crutch for alot of people.

    As for getting information, then plan in advance or trust your good judgement. I don’t need to consult a family member on what food to buy at the grocery store.That means I didn’t take the time to look into the fridge before I went to the store…

    And to avoid social interaction….yesterday I watched 2 people 2 tables away. I think it was their first date. Both in their 30’s or younger. He kept looking furtively at his phone every 5 min.

    I had to restrain myself from leaning to her and saying: “Ditch that dude.”

    I would be curious to know anyone who responds on this thread, who does send email to their blog for publishing..ie. an article or reply to reader’s comment(s). Do you type in terse, pithy remarks on that tiny keyboard?

    Forget it. I couldn’t write well by being hampered by a tiny keyboard, to make it worthwhile for a blog post.

  6. I love Mark’s response above LOL – I might have to borrow that one – if I can keep a straight face that is.

    I am far more addicted to my computer than I am to my elderly mobile phone, but it’s not very smart at all being over eight years old now.

    I don’t need to turn my phone off as the battery goes flat and I don’t notice for days at a time.

    I never fake calls. I tell people if I don’t want to speak to them. I say something polite but firm and keep moving. Haven’t been caught in a spray of scent for years. Being observant and mindful of your surroundings is the key to avoiding stuff like that, and that is hard to do if you are playing with a phone or similar as you go about your business.

    • Hi Joanna,
      I liked his response too. And this part of yours just slayed me: “I don’t need to turn my phone off as the battery goes flat and I don’t notice for days at a time.” Your straightforward approach is one I would also take. If I don’t wish to speak to someone I would say that and move along. Thanks for commenting.

  7. I don’t own a cell phone, but when I’m confronted with a bore or salesman, I’ll sometimes touch my ear and say: “Excuse me, I’m receiving a telepathic message from a distant galaxy…” Then I turn and walk away, mumbling some of the Vulcan I picked up by watching Star Trek… : )

  8. I actually don’t have a mobile phone of any kind. Yes, I know, the last person in the west not to. I just have so little a use for them. I prefer email, which I have access to almost throughout the day except when I’m running errands or at a friend’s, and then I don’t need to be communicating with outside people. Email is my choice because visual words are easier than speaking for me and you have plenty of time to think your response.

    I realize that people are now using their phones for much more than talking. But for entertainment? The only time I’m entertained by a computer is when I’ve pulled up a video. I just don’t like computer games. Accessing the internet? I’m a few steps away from a computer I can use almost all day, again unless I’m out on an errand, and then I’ve no reason to use the internet.

    I see a lot of people running around a store like they have a phone glued to their face. They can’t be focusing as well as they can on either the conversation or their purchases. If I need to call someone, I’ll do it at home, when I don’t have the rest of the world distracting me.

    Holly, I know what chain you’re talking about! I’m just rude, don’t acknowledge their existence, and get on with my life.

    • Hi Kathrine,
      You are not alone. Just read the comments here. Apparently I have attracted readers who aren’t suffering from mobile addictions. I also prefer email and I don’t play computer games either. I can’t even remember being bored. I simply move onto to the next thing or I relax. Luckily I don’t know the chain Holly refers to. But like you I do see folks with phones plastered to their heads doing all kinds of things. Here we have laws against texting and using hand held mobiles when driving and I hope the penalties deter people from this dangerous behavior.

  9. I would never use my phone to blog. I feel that you end up with a disjointed pile of thoughts and not something worth a readers time. It’s like the people who tweet, “i like donuts”. I’m sorry, but we share way too much.

    Yes, I turn off my phone. I need to be alone with my brain sometimes.

    I don’t fake calls. Only because I’m a bad actor. However, if I want to avoid the mall vendor/predators, I just say, “Sorry, I’m in a rush to the bathroom, my Depends just sprung a leak!!” That works well. They even remember you next time, tell their friends, and clear a path for you.

    I’m not surprised by the statistics at all.

    Great questions and article.

    • Hi Alan,
      Wow! You aren’t surprised by the stats. I don’t think I could handle blogging by phone either. Tiny little screens do not call forth my muse. I require a monitor or a pad and paper then I can settle into creating something worth reading (I hope). It’s good to know you turn your phone off. Your avoidance tactic is an effective one but it’s too bad that there are such people as “mall predators” one has to dodge. Now that I know that they exist I’ll be on guard. Diversionary tactics aren’t for me. I’m a straight forward person I will if speak up if I’m hassled.

  10. I don’t own a cellphone or a smartphone or even and iphone. We also do not have a land line coming into the house. I use my trusted HP laptop to connect me to my family through skype and email. I really hate how technology (cell phone use in particular) has ruined our society. I’m a simpleton and have no use for my pocket to ring while Im at the beach, or buying groceries or working out. I choose to un-plug!

    • I’m also a person who chooses to remain unplugged. My family know how to reach me when they need to and so do my close friends. It’s simple. Call my land line and if I’m not there leave a message.

  11. My phone has siesta after work to kids sleep.

    I read and comments blogs, but never writes post for my own blog.

    Never fake calls. I don’t like to fake.

    • You sound like you have a good sense of balance between your offline life and your online life. In some cases I wonder if people have offline lives at all.

  12. Isn’t it a sign of a lack of assertiveness and general social skills if you have to rely on a ruse to avoid interacting with someone? Whatever happened to ending a conversation in a friendly manner and leaving it at that? You can’t expect every encounter to go smoothly.

    It also shows how these devices are becoming unnecessary crutches. For example, you don’t need GPS or the Internet when you’re on the road. If ever we get lost in a city, or need to know a good restaurant in the area we’re walking in, we just wander into a shop and ask the people who work there. We enoyed one of our most memorable meals in NYC that way.

    • Hi Ian,
      I agree that these devices have become crutches. I’m not part of the always available movement. I don’t own a mobile and I’m not afraid of face to face communication. Most of all I was amazed by the stats. Only 29 percent reported turning off their phone to get a break from using it. Good grief!

  13. The only time I ever fake a call is when I’m in a mall and the perfume lady or other cart- like product vendors are trying to get me to try their product… “Excuse, Excuse me Mam as I try to spritz you as you are just trying to get to the Food Court!”

    There’s a chain of grocery stores in Texas that has the same kind of vendors (usually cell phone ironically) at the entrance of the store when all you want to do is grab a few things for dinner!

    • Wow! In those two cases it’s more like defensive manoeuver than plain avoidance. I don’t experience that in our malls – thank goodness! I’m very picky about scents and I loathe in your face pedlars of any kind.

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