A new study says that most people are responding to messages, looking at social media notifications, reading news or replying to office emails in middle of the night which significantly disrupts their sleep patterns. The study is called “Global Mobile Consumer Survey 2016” and was conducted by global consultancy firm Deloitte. The study found that almost half of 18 to 24-year-olds check their smartphones in the middle of the night. The study, involving 4,000 people in Britain, revealed that if users do not wake up to check their texts, they take time to scroll through their notifications right before bed. Also Read - Why smartphones must be classified as an essential product during COVID-19 lockdownsAlso Read - How is the Smartphone Industry Trend in 2021?
10 percent of users also like to check their smartphone first thing in the morning, Fortune reported, quoting the study. Less than a quarter of smartphone users are unplugging at least an hour before they go to sleep. “Nearly 27 percent of smartphones include a fingerprint reader, of which 76 percent are used while 31 percent of smartphone users make no traditional voice calls in a given week. This contrasts with a quarter in 2015 and just 4 percent in 2012,” the findings showed. The majority of survey participants have downloaded 20 or fewer apps. By mid-2016, almost two-thirds of British adults had access to a tablet, but penetration growth had slowed down.
According to a recent Telegraph report, doctors at Chonnam National University Hospital in Seoul found that heavy smartphone use has led to children becoming cross-eyed. Strabismus, commonly known as cross-eyed or wall-eyed, is a vision condition in which someone cannot align both eyes simultaneously under normal conditions. One or both of the eyes may turn in, out, up or down. According to the team, children are holding smartphones at a distance of between eight and 12 inches from their faces.