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People now 'live' on smartphones

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A study by University College London in the United Kingdom found that people feel the same way about their home as they do about smartphones. That is the whole world.

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Smartphone users have homes in their pockets. Avoid your relatives for the instrument. Of course, all this is known. However, a new study showed a new finger in the eye.

A team of anthropologists from University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom has been monitoring smartphone users in nine countries for more than a year, The Guardian reports. At the end of the study, they said, smartphones are no longer just devices. Just as people feel about their home, so do smartphones.

The research team was led by Professor Daniel Miller. "Smartphones are no longer just devices," he told The Guardian. We are in it now. It has become our abode. The downside to human relations is that a person next to us disappears in an instant. Whether it's while eating, in a meeting or doing something with others, it's like a man 'going home' with a smartphone.

Although physically close, we are socially, professionally or emotionally alone.

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In face-to-face communication with people, we are moving towards 'near death', Miller said. "Even though we are physically close, we are socially, professionally or emotionally alone," he said. We are learning to live with this risk.

Problems with messaging app

If there is a single reason for such a change, it is the messaging apps like WhatsApp, the researchers said. He referred to these apps as the 'heart of smartphones'. For many users in most parts of the world, smartphones are just an app, they wrote.

This is probably the first time in the amount of time we 'live' on a smartphone while awake, that the challenge of being the equivalent of our home or workplace has emerged.

For example, they mention Line in Japan, WeChat in China and WhatsApp in Brazil. The children look for apps in the apps to take care of the elderly parents, the parents also gladly send pictures of the children, and the immigrant finds his family.

"This is probably the first time in the amount of time we" live "on a smartphone while awake, that it has become a challenge to be on par with our home or workplace," the research report said.

The study looked at the use of smartphones by people who consider themselves 'neither young nor old'.

Although the research highlighted the disadvantages of using a smartphone, the team did not forget to mention that the device is essential for communication.

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Smartphones are unavoidable these days but one can consider scheduling a way to get some smartphone free hours so as to get time for observation of world around and feeling nature's beauty and family's love.

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