iPhones: Addictive or Simply Necessary Like Eyeglasses?

Would you feel lost if you left your iPhone (or any other smartphone) at home? Quite, honestly, that happened twice in my life (so far). The first time it happened was back when phones were not very smart. So, I had a separate PDA for everything except voice communication (data communication was very primitive). The second time it happened I was using a Windows Mobile phone with all kinds of useful information and apps. That day was not productive at all.

Stanford University surveyed 200 iPhone toting students (most of whom had the phone less than a year). How attached were these college students to their iPhone? 75% said they fell asleep with the iPhone somewhere on the bed with them. 69% said they were more likely to forget their wallet than their iPhone.

iPhone Addictive, Survey Reveals

I’m not sure I would go as far as considering this “addictive” behavior. But, I certainly would compare the iPhone to another essential (though much older) piece of technology: Vision correction devices in the form of eyeglasses and contact lenses. The iPhone, and smartphones in general, help us clarify our view of the world, augments our memory and calculations, and reaches out to sources of information that would be beyond our reach and view without electronic assistance.

I consider my smartphone(s) as necessary in the same way as I consider needing to take my eyeglasses everywhere with me.