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Sleeping with mobile phones


Global study shows half of us sleep with our mobile phones
Queen’s Professor Sidney Eve Matrix is an expert in cultural trends in mobile digital computing on smartphones, including the role of the iPhone in mainstreaming mobile application downloads and uploads, new uses for phones from gaming to mobile banking, the social conditions of "the tethered life," emergent digital divides separating the connected class, and distinct generational adoption and use patterns in mobile technologies.
Professor Matrix can speak to this week’s global mobile-phone survey (from Synovate) that found almost 50 per cent of users sleep with their cell phone. This is evidence of what some analysts call the "tethered life," characteristic of a networked culture filled with mobile gadgets, wi-fi connectivity and social expectations of perpetual reachability that keep us "always-on".
The study demonstrated that most users "can't live" without their cellphone, largely because the functionality of smartphones far exceeds its role as a basic communications device. Today's mobile phones are essentially handheld computers, digital tools packed with business, diversion, and personal data management applications or, as the survey respondents described them, “remote controls for life.” 
Contact:Jeff Drake, 613.533.2877, jeff.drake@queensu.ca, Queen’s News and Media Services.

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