One symptom of problematic smartphone includes feeling anxious when the phone isn’t available.
'Problematic smartphone use' has similar features to a behavioural addiction – and may potentially lead to poorer mental health.
Some people fear we’re interacting more with our phones at the expense of our loved ones.
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While there are negative impacts, many of the risks of too much screen time are overblown. A scholar who has studied the topic for years offers some tips for finding the right balance.
As smartphone uptake and connectivity grows in Africa, so does the often unhealthy trend of young people betting on sports using their phones.
Data protection policies focus on human rights. But the exercise of our free will is increasingly being hindered.
For centuries, people thought nothing of crowding family members or friends into the same bed.
Today's beds are thought of as bastions of privacy. But not long ago, they were the perches from which kings ruled and places where travelers hunkered down with complete strangers.
How can the internet accommodate more and more users every day?
Historical grievances, domestic politics, the US-China trade war and a looming global recession are all at play.
Technology-free holidays can feel unbearable at first but this soon gives way to a better experience.
In our research, one-third of women experienced sexual objectification at least once.
Researchers asked women to log the times they felt sexually objectified on their smartphones. They found objectification harms women's well-being – even if they're just witnessing it.
If all of these devices really work together, they can be a bigger help than any one of them alone.
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Each device is complex in its own right, and trying to use them together in many different settings makes things even more complicated.
Apple’s industrial design has played a fundamental role in transforming computers from machines for tinkerers into desirable objects of self-actualisation.
With the benefit of hindsight, we might finally see that the iPhone was the opposite of minimalism.
The USAID’s Feed the Future program encourages farmers to use mobile money technology to enhance their farming activities.
In just five years, the number of mobile-money accounts in Ghana have jumped six-fold, providing fresh perspective on the country’s digital transformation.
Astronaut David R. Scott, Apollo 15 commander.
Here is how our mobile phones compare with the computer that landed man on the moon in 1969.
Season 5 of
Black Mirror begins on June 5, 2019.
If "Black Mirror" is one of the most fascinating and disturbing series of the last ten years, it is because of its main character: technology.
The Northern Territory government is expanding the CCTV surveillance network.
Darwin is one of the aspiring 'smart cities' that is adopting Chinese technology that can identify and track individuals. Add changes in Australian law, and we have the makings of a surveillance state.
A smartphone that bends: one day soon this could be your flexible friend.
Making technology such as a new smartphone that can you can roll, fold and bend requires new ways to manufacture.
David Gillespie’s new book is full of exaggerated claims that are often not backed up by science.
In his new book, Teen Brain, David Gillespie suggests anxiety and other problems are on the rise among teenagers due to smartphones and tablets. This could be true, but his claims are overblown.
The solution to too much screen time may just be more apps.
Software makers including Apple have been creating apps aimed at limiting how much time we spend using our smartphones. A behavioral scientist explains how – and whether – they work.
Smartphones make great citizen research tools. We take them everywhere and they have the functions (GPS, accelerometers, camera, audio, video) to sense, share and mobilize data between consenting citizens.
We blame electronic devices for our increasingly sedentary behaviours. So why not harness them to study our movement patterns and tackle urgent health crises?
As climate change threatens Australian trees, it’s important to identify which are at risk.
Climate extremes are killing Australian trees, but we don't know where they're dying. Scientists are asking the public to use their phones to help.