WISING UP ON SMARTPHONES
The ABC is running a survey to get a better handle on the effects these ubiquitous devices are having on lives of Australians
THIS week ABC is celebrating National Science Week across television, radio and internet, and you can be a part of it.
The ABC and Dr Kathy Modecki want to know about one of the key relationships in your life – the one between you and your smartphone.
These pieces of technology have transformed daily life and they want to know how it’s affected you – the good, the bad and the ugly.
“Smartphones make life in 21st century a unique experience – charting unprecedented waters,” she says.
“But does having access to the world of knowledge and unlimited social opportunities in the palm of our hands make life better? Or are there ‘spillover’ effects that are displacing everyday activities?
“Your participation will help us calibrate the effects of smartphones across modern day Australian life.”
In particular, Dr Modecki wants to focus on the effect of smartphones on adolescents and the notion they “can’t live without their phones.”
“Teens use their phones to connect with friends and this serves to bolster their mood, but they also tend to use their smartphones as a tool for dealing with day-to-day stressors,” she says.
“My team’s work suggests the ways teens are using their smartphones to cope with stress, often as a distraction from their problems, are not particularly effective.
“Getting Australians to share their own experiences is going to be very valuable.”
To participate in the smartphone survey, visit abc.net.au