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Smartphone addiction


This article was originally featured in the June 2020 Issue of OTR and is re-printed with permission of
ON THE RISK, Journal of the Academy of Life Underwriting (www.ontherisk.com).

Is smartphone addiction a legitimate disorder or just a trendy catch phrase? Some are calling it the new addiction of the 21st Century. Research shows that people touch their phones 2,617 times per day, iPhone users unlock their phones 80 times per day, Americans spend 5 hours per day browsing and phone usage causes 26% of motor vehicle accidents.1

Would you consider this addictive behavior? Many do. This article by Munich Re Life US explores the meaning behind smartphone addiction, its physical and psychological implications, and how it could impact applications to life and disability insurance.

1  Brustolin, S., Giugliani, R., & Felix, T. M. (2010, January). Genetics of homocysteine metabolism and associated disorders. Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, 43(1):1-7. Retrieved from  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3078648/
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Betty Hovorka
Betty Hovorka
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