Technology is a major part of almost everyone’s lives, whether it is in the workplace or at home, the ability to have fast and convenient information available at ones fingertips is normal and part of life nowadays. However, psychologists are warning people against developing an over-reliance when it comes to mobile and tablet applications.
According to Daniel Varghese, Chairman at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, smartphone users need to be wary of relying too much on their mobile applications.
“It’s a general phenomenon that we’re relying more and more on technology, and when that technology’s not available, we don’t use the skills we would have otherwise developed,” The Courier Mail quoted him as saying.
“That can certainly cause anxiety in people.”
At the moment Google’s Android Market is attempting to catch up to the ever expanding Apple App Store and in turn consumers are be coming more reliant on using applications for almost every aspect of their lives. This includes, help choosing clothes to wear, how many calories they are taking in, and so much more.
According to Professor Justin Kenardy from the University of Queensland, it is important that users remember that they will not always have access to applications like these.
“There needs to be an awareness that it’s not always going to be there,” he said.
While these professors may have a point regarding the over reliance of mobile applications, it will still be hard for users (myself included) to just stop using them or even cut back. Many of the applications that are available make life much easier on those of us that have many things to do in a day. With the ability to have applications available quickly and easily through a mobile phone frees up time to be able to accomplish more throughout the day. However, this is just my opinion on the subject. I would love to hear what the rest of you think, so why not drop your thoughts in the comments below.