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

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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

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