In my last blog post I wrote about being struck by a recent article I’d read entitled:
Such a compelling thought, isn’t it? Additional articles name other Silicon Valley execs who do the same thing. Seems they understand the addictive powers of smartphones, tablets, and computers, perhaps more than the general public.
I’ve looked at the work of Dr. James Roberts, a noted Professor of Marketing at Baylor University, and a recognized expert on consumer behavior. He has written several books and a recent one deals entirely with this subject! The book is called Too Much of a Good Thing: Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?
Here is an excerpt from his book that reminds us of the six signs that researchers have identified that accompany any behavioral or substance addiction. As you read through them, consider your digital device habits.
Music expert Simon Cowell was interviewed last week and talked about the fact that he has not used his mobile phone in almost a year. He acknowledged that it was first very strange but by shelving his mobile he has become much more focused on his immediate surroundings, which “has been so good for my mental health” and “absolutely made me happier.”
Another compelling thought, wouldn’t you say?
As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.