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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