Special walking lane created for the heads-down tribe in China

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A new pedestrian lane has been created for cell phone users in a Chinese shopping mall. This new path added to the outside of the Bairui Plaza has been specifically created for the heads-down tribe; a nickname for pedestrians who constantly have their heads down with their eyes glued to their mobile phone as they walk and text, use apps, watch videos, etc. Over 65,000 pedestrians are killed each year in China. The World Health Organization estimates that approximately 68,000 pedestrians are killed every year in China. With an increasing…

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Smartphone addiction cure is Android co-founder’s newest goal

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Andy Rubin contributed to the creation of the top mobile operating system and now seeks to break the usage habit. Smartphone addiction has become a rampant and yet widely under-recognized problem in societies throughout the world. Andy Rubin, a co-founder of Android – the leading mobile operating system worldwide – has now become an unlikely advocate for breaking the mobile device habit. Rubin is by no means advocating for the cessation of the use of mobile devices of all kinds. That said, he has expressed his profound concern regarding the…

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Smartphone addiction consequences among parents may include behavioral problems in kids

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A recent U.S. study showed that parents continually using mobile devices are more likely to have misbehaving children. A small American study indicates that there may be smartphone addiction consequences occurring among the children of the addicted. Parents who regularly look to their mobile devices to check texts, emails, other alerts and videos have an increased chance of having kids who develop behavioral problems, said the research. Similarly, parents who aren’t as attached to their screens are less likely to have kids who misbehave. The study was limited, but involved…

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Smartphone addiction forces Dutch town to add traffic lights to sidewalks

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A town called Bodegraven in the Netherlands has been adding the lights to pedestrian crossings. The problem with smartphone addiction has become great enough that a Dutch town has added traffic lights in the pavement at pedestrian crossings. The goal is to help to stop people from walking out into active lanes of traffic when they fail to look up from their mobile devices. The people of the town have been cautioned about looking where they are going but the problem persisted. As the smartphone addiction continues, the town decided…

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Mobile phone addiction causes teens to check phones ten times a night

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Recent research showed adolescents are checking their mobile devices at least ten times nightly. A recent study has underscored the impact of mobile phone addiction on adolescent behaviors. It revealed that nearly half of young people (45 percent) are checking their phones for notifications after going to bed. The survey included the participation of 2,750 respondents between the ages of 11 and 18 years old. Among those who participated in this mobile phone addiction and behavior survey, one in ten said they checked for notifications at least 10 times after…

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Mobile device use can lead to strained necks, say chiropractors

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A growing number of people are now finding themselves faced with a condition called “text neck.” Chiropractors are rapidly seeing a growing wave of patients injured through heavy mobile device use. They are suffering from a condition nicknamed “text neck” since it results from staring at a smartphone screen for hours at a time. The condition is caused by taking the posture used most frequently for texting, and doing it often. The reason is that tiling the head down in this way places about 65 pounds of pressure on the…

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An iPhone battery pack is often needed to keep up with daily smartphone use

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A recent study has revealed that the majority of people check their smartphones an average of 85 times each day. If you’re like most people, you’re continually checking your smartphone for a broad range of different reasons and this can be very draining on the device’s power, helping to explain the rising popularity of the portable iPhone battery pack. In fact, the average person checks their mobile device 85 times per day, from waking up to going to bed at night. The reasons for checking the device can include anything…

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Smartphone addiction prompts “text walking lanes” in Belgium

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People are paying so much attention to texting and so little attention to real life that one city has taken action. Antwerp, Belgium, has become the latest city to join into the trend of protecting its residents who have a smartphone addiction by creating text walking lanes that are meant to keep people from wandering into dangerous situations when they fail to glance up at the real world while they are texting. This may sound as though it is a silly thing to do, but texting while walking has become…

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Cell phone addiction: Myth or Reality?

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Technology news headlines have been revealing that people are becoming increasingly hooked on their mobile devices. As a growing number of cases of internet and cell phone addiction have been making headlines – with the latest being a patient diagnosed as being hooked on his Google Glass – many have started to wonder whether smartphones are doing us more harm than good, when all is said and done. For this reason QR Code Press conducted a study to examine the various items and parts of our lives that people consider…

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You likely take your smartphone to bed, says mobile technology study

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A recent QR Code Press survey revealed that the majority of people sleep next to cell phones. QR Code Press has released the results of a new mobile technology survey it has conducted to examine certain behaviors with regards to smartphone use, such as taking their devices to bed with them. The survey highlighted a larger issue regarding sleep deprivation and how mobile devices have affected the way people rest. As smartphones, tablets, and wearables become commonplace in society, they are beginning to have an impact on the lives of…

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Study shows businesses are choosing risks over potential with smartphones

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Ofcom, a Government media regulator, has published the results of their research, which discussed the issue of “smartphone addiction” and its graying of the area between the professional and the private life. The report explained that smartphone use has worked its way into every element of our lives. However, while there were a number of different negative aspects discussed, it also examined a number of mobile trends that open up potential for businesses but that are, for the most part, being greatly underused. Though many large companies have had their…

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