There is alarming concern over the rising number of smartphone owners addicted to their mobile devices and apps, altering their real-world relationships. A recent survey found 92 percent of smartphone owners admit their device has altered how they connect with friends, while 58 percent say smartphones altered health.
Users are becoming more dependent on smartphones and mobile apps, with 55 percent of the "top app users" saying they check at least one app on their phone every hour.
"Regardless of how much or how little people are using their smartphones, to me the bottom line is whether it is making their work, play and relationships better," said Bryan Kirschner, Apigee Institute director, in a statement published by CNBC. "While some of the usage data in our research is striking, on balance, I believe that smartphones are making lives better."
Researchers are becoming more concerned on smartphone addiction, with many people unable to go long durations without checking their device. There is concern that phone dependence interferes with work productivity and personal relationships, and the problem is expected to get worse before it gets better.