by Johnathan Arnold, General Editor
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by Johnathan Arnold, Director of Media Ministry
Researchers are fascinated with the effects of smartphones on our emotions and behavior. "It is quite shocking that on average, approaching one third of people’s waking hours are spent using them, with phones being used on average five times an hour, every waking hour," commented Dr. Richard House, a British psychologist. Some insist, "That's not me!" And while we hope this is true, one study revealed that people check their smartphones nearly twice as often as they think that they do.
Dr. Sally Andrews, a psychologist at Nottingham Trent University, said “a lot of smartphone use seems to be habitual, automatic behaviors that we have no awareness of.” For many, it is instinctual to check Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter in their spare moments. These moments add up to barely conceivable amounts of time — as much as four years in an average person's lifetime. Of course, smartphones are not the only kind of screen that people gaze at.