Monday, March 8th, 2010
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A Country Of Junkies Cannot Put Down Their iPhones

Does this picture get you agitated, iPhone junkie?A survey of 200 students at Stanford University revealed the newest crippling dependency that is sapping the vitality of our nation's youth: iPhone addicition. Nearly half the survey's participants admitted to being very or completely addicted to the devices, while 41 percent admitted that they would characterize the loss of their iPhones as a "tragedy." Also:

There was also a tendency among the survey participants to anthropomorphize their iPhones and treat it differently than other electronics. For example, 3 percent of the students said they don't let anyone touch their iPhone; another 3 percent have named their iPhone; 9 percent have patted their iPhone and 8 percent admitted that they have at some time thought "My iPod is jealous of my iPhone."

Other signs of iPhone addiction are thought to include an irrational desire to have the latest popular tech product, a willingness to shell out money for a device whose actual "phone" aspect remains only a slight improvement on two Dixie cups connected with a string, and a deep misunderstanding of what "addiction" actually is.

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KarenUhOh (#19)

My Wifi suspects.

lbf (#2,343)

This is just as clever as a cable news poll. I fail to see how asking stupid questions that would make the wife/mother/worker/spy feature in the NYT Style section sound insightful qualifies as "science". Yeah I like my Android phone and toy with it a lot, but if I were fucktarded enough to misapply the term "tragedy" to the loss of it it wouldn' be an excuse to put that piece if information in the fuckin' paper.

katiebakes (#32)

"patted?"

brent_cox (#40)

I have noticed an uptick in "don't talk to me while I'm iPhoning".

NinetyNine (#98)

I assume there's a Tamagotchi app for the iPhone — or would that collapse the space/time continuum?

Okay, Science, answer me this: If that time the cab ran over my iPhone was a "hit", how did my iPod order the contract?

sailor (#396)

Excuse me. I'm an iPhone addict and I have a profound understanding and first-hand experience with several other popular addictions.

9 percent have patted their iPhone

Cut them some slack. They're Stanford students, so this is about as close to a social life as they're going to get.

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