The survey gives some insight into why students found their iPhones so addicting: 74 percent of students surveyed said they 'felt cool" when they got an iPhone, but more importantly, a quarter of surveyed students said their iPhones felt like "an extension of their brain or their being."
I can definitely vouch for the addictive nature of the iPhone. I use my iPhone for almost everything these days, and it's fundamentally changed the way I do a lot of things. When I'm out and about and have a question about some bit of trivia, Wikipedia is only a few taps away. When I'm comparison shopping in a store, Amazon's product reviews can tell me in a few seconds whether what I'm looking at is a worthwhile purchase. And I've definitely gotten complaints that I use my iPhone too much from both my wife and a couple of my friends.
Funnily enough, though, the friend who was most apt to complain about my iPhone usage stopped complaining about it altogether once she got an iPhone of her own -- within a few days of using her iPhone, she admitted that she finally understood why I used mine so much.
How about you? Do you find the iPhone as addicting as the Stanford students? Let us know in the poll below or in the comments.
[Via Ars Technica]
|I use it all the time, and I can't live without it!||4526 (65.1%)|
|I use it quite a bit, but I wouldn't say I'm addicted to it||1576 (22.7%)|
|I barely use my iPhone at all, and I could easily do without it||74 (1.1%)|
|I don't have an iPhone, but I want one||470 (6.8%)|
|I don't have an iPhone, and I don't want one||309 (4.4%)|