Control. Or, be controlled. Michael Gartenberg on smartphone addiction and more granular controls:
Is this really necessary? I understand how the phone has been transformed into the PC in our pockets. That’s important, as back in the ’90s TCO studies showed that businesses who gave employees laptops over desktops increased productivity by 20% or more.
Are we more productive? Smartphones are not traditional personal computers.
My iPhone is more powerful than my MacBook. It’s also with me all the time. The more access I have to my computing device, the more I’m going to use it. The more my device is capable of doing, the more I’m going to use it. It’s not so much addiction as it is the nature of how we use the technology that we create.
Except for the parts where we use it wrong and that’s where addiction comes in.