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Love vs phone: Study says Indians care more about phones than loved ones

  • Published at 10:09 am February 27th, 2018
  • Last updated at 05:06 pm February 27th, 2018
Love vs phone: Study says Indians care more about phones than loved ones
Indians care more for their smartphones over engaging with individuals they love, said a recent study. According to the report published on Saturday, some 33% of people, especially the younger generation, care more for smartphones. India has topped the list with 47%. The study was conducted by telecommunications company Motorola in partnership with Nancy Etcoff — expert in "Mind-Brain Behaviour and the Science of Happiness," from Harvard University. Psychologist Etcoff said the generation was losing control of their lives, reports Odishatv.in The study, issued by the independent research company Ipsos, noted that over half of the respondents, amounting to 53%, described their smartphones as their best friend and companion. India tops the chart with 65%, the study said adding that India again topped the list with 64% when it came to people wanting help with phone-life balance. The global numbers stand at 61% where individuals said they wanted to get the most out of their lives when they were not using their phones. Motorola defines phone-life balance as the desire to have a technology to support lives without becoming the center of it. The study pinpointed key problematic smartphone behaviours that impacted people’s relationships with others and themselves. The study found that approximately 50% people agreed that they check their phone more often than they would like and nearly 44% felt compelled to perpetually check their phones. India figures at the top with 65% and 57% respectively. The study further said almost 35% of the respondents agreed that they are spending too much time using their phones with 44% of them belonging to Gen Z, people who were born from the mid 1990s to the early 2000s. India figures at the top with 48% and 55% respectively. Further to this, 53% Indians that they would be happier if they spent less time on their smartphones. Nearly, 65% people panic when they think they have lost their smartphone. The study added that India stood at the top in emotional overdependence of phone with 77% of respondents admitting that they panic when they lose their phone. Even while not using their smartphones, 46% Indians were thinking about using it the next time that they get a chance to check their devices.