Almost half of the nation use mobiles to call people in next room

18 February 2013

Statistically, half of the people reading this are infuriatingly lazy and need to get up off their lazy, lazy arses. That's because a survey has shown that nearly half of us use mobile phones to contact someone in the same house, but in a different room.

Nearly three quarters of Brits also say that they'd struggle to get through 24 hours without the use of a phones, tablets or laptop, but that isn't surprising or shocking at all.

According to the Halifax Insurance Digital Home Index (whoop!), a poll found that 25% of people checked their emails and messages in bed, with 10% checked their messages in the bathroom. The latter is clearly a lie, because 78% of Twitter's traffic comes from people browsing on the bog.

Psychologist Dr Aric Sigman isn't happy about this, and thinks that our over-reliance on technology is becoming a problem, saying: "As the amount of time spent looking at a screen or plugging in increases, the amount of time spent on direct eye-to-eye contact and developing real life relationships inevitably decreases."

"By the age of seven years, the average child born today will have spent one full year of 24 hour days watching screen technology; by the time they reach 80 they will have spent almost 18 years of 24 hour days watching non-work related screen technology. That’s a quarter of their lives."

That's the same Dr Sigman who wants to ban television for toddlers and hates daycare centres for children and generally says things like this, with a straight face. Either way, half of you lot are so idle that you've probably messaged someone sat at the other end of the couch in a bid to get them to read out this dreck to you.

TOPICS:   Mobile   Technology   Social Media

3 comments

  • Dick
    Why does Dr Aric Sigman want us to have real life relationships? I much prefer to use a machine to pay in Argos than to have to speak or even look at one of the cashiers. And those are the front line staff. Why do I need a relationship with them, just hand over the shit I want and I'll let you take the money from my account via a debit card.
  • jokester
    "by the time they reach 80 they will have spent almost 18 years of 24 hour days watching non-work related screen technology. That’s a quarter of their lives." The average person sleeps 8 hours a day = 27 years (out of 80) Working (or schoolwork) 42 hours a week = 20 years That's already 65 years out of your 80 gone. Then if you worked out how much time is spent shopping/cooking/washing/commuting/shagging/etc, I'm sure that the overall total will come out at well over 80 years.... Also, 18 years would be an AVERAGE of 5.4 hours a day which seems a bit high.
  • Colin
    hey Mof, you going to do a story on the latest hukd data leak?

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