Published On: Sat, May 19th, 2018

Smartphone addiction

According to a news report on DutchNews.nl, almost three in 10 youngsters aged 18 to 25 say they are addicted to social media and keep their phones with them at all times. This according to new research by the national statistics office CBS.
This is a sharp rise compared to three years ago, when 19% of young adults said they could not stop constantly checking their phones.
Young adults are also spending an increasing amount of time using social media. Some 29% say they are busy with social media websites for three to five hours a day and nearly 9% admitting to spending five to 10 hours checking their messages.
Some 34% of youngsters say they spend so much time on sites like Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat because they are afraid of missing something.
One in four say they are restless if they cannot read messages and 37% say being away from an internet connection is a major nuisance.
We highlight this phenomenon again as we also see this habit occurring in the workplace where young adults are constantly checking their smartphones for messages instead of doing their work.
It is already a tough job to keep young adults focused on doing their work, now it will get even tougher for employers as the addiction to social media increases. It is a double-edged sword, however, as businesses are increasingly using social media marketing to target…. exactly…. these same young adults.
Enjoy reading our news on your smartphone. However, do remember moderation is the key.