People addicted to technology, says surveyStress and anxiety are common withdrawal symptoms

13 October 2009


People are so addicted to technology that a third feels anxious if they are unable to access the internet or use their mobile phone, according to a survey.

Virgin Media found a third (35%) felt stressed if they were unable to contact family immediately. One in three felt anxious about not being able to work online and more than a quarter (27%) said they were most concerned about being unable to communicate with friends.

Not being able to access online maps (25%), dating sites (21%) or shop for the best deals (15%) was also said to cause stress if technology was not accessible.

Switching on means switching off

Two-thirds of those surveyed said they felt more relaxed when they had immediate mobile or internet access available, a group dubbed Sosos – switch on to switch off.

Mark Schweitzer, chief operating officer at Virgin Media, said: ‘An “always on” lifestyle may not be for everyone but the report highlights that there are a significant number of people for whom always being connected actually increases peace of mind.’

Stay-at-home parents get connected

The report claims a large number of stay-at-home parents are Sosos. Almost half said being connected at all times relaxed them and one in seven used online parenting forums.

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Siobhan Freegard, co-founder of online parenting network Netmums, said: ‘Particularly for new mums, you are confined to the house for quite long periods, and it really is a link to the outside world.’

© PA News

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