USA Today: What is iPhone app addiction doing to people’s health?

“Most people start their day with a cup of coffee, a shower, a good stretch. Beth Akins rolls over, grabs her iPhone and fires up Shake & Spell, her favorite iPhone app game,” Mary Brophy Marcus reports for USA Today. “‘I usually play before I even get out of bed,’ says Akins, 54, of Louisville, who says a day without Shake & Spell leaves her with feelings of withdrawal. ‘I play every day.'”

Marcus reports, “Apps is short for computer maker Apple’s applications, and it refers to the scores of games and services that iPhone or iPod touch owners can download and interact with. There are 85,000 different apps for Akins and the other 50 million users around the world.”

Marcus reports, “People may wonder what the iPhone apps obsession is driven by as they witness ‘i’ users strolling down work hallways and streets ‘apping’ and bumping into others. And what about all those children seen manically poking away at their parents’ iPhone games in doctors’ offices and cashier lines across the country? What is app addiction doing to people’s health?”

‘Clearly, the reward circuitry in the brain is getting something out of it,’ says Marina Picciotto, professor of psychiatry, neurobiology and pharmacology at Yale University,” Marcus reports. “She says there is no research on the impact of apps on health yet.”

Red more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Jack F.” for the heads up.]


  1. I can testify to the fact that iPhone apps are a hazard to one’s health. Every time I pull out my iPhone over dinner, by wife whacks me in the side of the head.

  2. Those crazy appers! They better stop apping and walking at the same time, or they’ll hurt themselves. And if they chew gum at the same time, it could be really serious.

    What a stupid article…

  3. @ alansky – Well, my iPhone doubles as my alarm clock, so… I don’t think anyone who reaches for their alarm clock before they even get out of bed in the morning needs to seek any kind of professional help. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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