[Radio] Is technology addiction a problem, and causing conflict? Report from @DeloitteUK, with @PremierRadio

[Radio] Is technology addiction a problem, and causing conflict? Report from @DeloitteUK, with @PremierRadio

Today, a new report was released from Deloitte (BBC Report), that indicates “that one in three adults check their phone once they’ve gone to bed.”

My notes from the production team:

It is supposed to be a tool of empowerment, keeping us informed, connected and entertained. Instead, the smartphone is becoming a burden and a distraction, even in the middle of the night, according to a survey that suggests a third of British adults check their phones after they have gone to bed.

The figure is even higher among those aged 18 to 24, with half of young adults checking for messages — and one in six replying — long after they’ve turned in, according to research by Deloitte, the business advisory company.

The findings come at a time of growing concern that smartphone addiction is distorting personal relationships and sapping employee creativity, productivity and morale.

“Consumers will need to learn how best to run their lives with smartphones, as opposed to having their lives run by their devices”, Paul Lee, head of technology, media and telecommunications research at Deloitte, said.

The survey of 4,000 British users found that one in ten smartphone owners instinctively reaches for the phone as soon as they wake up.

However, demand for digital “detox” retreats is rising and some companies are ordering employees to switch off. In France, workers have been given the right to disconnect from work emails and ignore telephone calls outside of their contracted hours, in an effort to ease pressure and offer a better work-life balance.

Ofcom researchers reported recently that 34% of internet users have taken a period of up to a month away from their devices.

I asked for a few thoughts from Facebook, made some notes:

Always important to prep well for a radio interview …

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and here’s the resulting live interview (full programme also online): 

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