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Some people seem to be permanently glued to their smartphone, checking it constantly and consistently throughout the day. Other people barely even bother with their smartphone, only checking it when they absolutely have to do so.

Which of these camps do you belong to? Or are you somewhere between the two. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll, all about your personal level of smartphone usage Addiction, Quantified: How I Measured My Smartphone Usage For A Week Addiction, Quantified: How I Measured My Smartphone Usage For A Week For one week, I installed apps and set up counters to measure my smartphone usage. What did I find out about my own smartphone addiction? Read More .

Arrr, Me Hearties!

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the Poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “How Do You Watch Movies?

Out of a total of 145 votes, 32.4% chose I watch pirated copies online, 29.7% chose I subscribe to Netflix/Hulu/etc., 11.7% chose I watch Blu-rays or DVDs, 11% chose I go to the movie theater, 5.5% chose I watch them on TV, 4.1% chose I don’t watch movies… they suck!, 1.4% chose I watch legal copies online, and 4.1% chose Other.

These are rather interesting results for a number of different reasons.

First, they back up our previous results suggesting MakeUseOf readers are scurvy-ridden pirates. Second, they show that legal online alternatives still aren’t enough to stop people from choosing the illegal option. Third, they suggest that while the number of people going to movie theaters is declining, cinema isn’t quite ready to die Cinema Is Dying: How Movie Theaters Can Ensure Their Survival Cinema Is Dying: How Movie Theaters Can Ensure Their Survival Movie theaters need to offer more than just a way of watching the latest films. They need to stop competing on "convenience" and start focusing on "experience." Here's how. Read More yet. Something for which, I for one, am grateful.



Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Mike G, Simon Lee, and Susan. Comment Of The Week goes to The Geeky Boss, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:

Okay, here’s my two cents worth. I watch the latest releases at the cinema. I then buy the DVD/Blu-Ray when it comes out – or on sale (mostly). Then ‘archive’ it to my hard drive to watch when I want to see it again. The movie producers get their money from me twice.

BUT, and this is a HUGE caveat – where I live the cinema shows little in the way of documentary or art house and none blockbuster films, and in that case – I have access to the worlds biggest video library… The Internet!

We chose this comment because it sums up what we suspect is most people’s attitude to watching movies these days; that one size no longer fits all. In reality, we all consume movies in a number of different ways depending on availability, affordability, and our own moral compass What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [You Told Us] What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [You Told Us] Laws against piracy of copyrighted materials existed well before the invention of the Internet, but this interconnected network of computers has turned piracy into an immediate and unfortunate problem for copyright owners of all shapes... Read More . That is, if we watch movies at all.

Scrutinizing Smartphone Usage

And so we arrive at this week’s question, which concerns your level of smartphone usage. We simply want to know how big of a pull technology has over you. Which can be easily determined by discovering how often you check your smartphone.

That device you carry with you at all times is meant to be helpful without being a hindrance, and entertaining without being annoying. But we wonder whether you have found the right balance. Let us know by voting in the Poll and then scrolling to the comments.

Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Do you consider yourself a smartphone addict Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone? At one time, landlines and payphones were all we had--and we survived just fine, thank you very much. But now, it’s almost laughable if you don’t own an iPhone or Android, and for some of... Read More ? Are you actively trying to cut down on your smartphone usage? What website or app is mostly responsible for you checking your smartphone?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best Comment of the Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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  1. suzybel
    May 4, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    I have my phone set to notify me when I get an email, text message or a calendar alert. I check it when that happens or when someone actually calls me. I check the weather app once a day and if I want updates I look outside. I had Twitter and Facebook installed but they were driving me insane so I removed them. I also check "App Of The Day" from 2 different sites daily. I do have other apps that I check only when I need something like Google Keep for lists or Pinterest.

  2. R A Myers
    May 4, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    We use our prepay SIMs, which have phone only service. Unless we are away from each other, our phones is off or in Airplane mode.

    Late at night we sometimes connect to our WiFi router to check for GMail, mostly to save Instructables and delete Junque (it's valuable to somebody) mail.

    We sometimes watch pre 1940s movies on YouTube.

    Because night here is day where my inlaws live, magicJack works very well for calls to and from them, via WiFi.

    I guess the more accurate answer is every one to three days, depending on whim. All the modes we have notify us.

  3. Leah
    May 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I think I'm only half addicted. I don't check every time there's a notification and many times I end up leaving the phone in my room when I'm around the house. But, sometimes I check it every other second and...mostly when I'm bored.

  4. dragonmouth
    May 4, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Smartphones are an addiction as bad as and as debilitating as drugs. Unfortunately, phones are a legal addiction. I do not own a cell phone. I refuse to allow others to rob me of the one thing that none of us can get more of and that is "time." There is absolutely no event that requires me to be notified of it RFN.

  5. Tinkicker
    May 4, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Of vastly more importance is the question: is it "Arrr, me hearties", or "Arrr, me hardies"? As in, a "hardy" specimen.
    Actually, is it, "Arrr", or, "Argh"?
    Oh, the agony of proper piratical syntax!

  6. George Klein
    May 4, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I am not sure what means "to check it". What to check? I don't use SMS, I accept only phone calls, so there is nothing really to check on my smartphone.
    In addition to that I am not a cellphone addict. Even having the larger screen of iPhone 6+ it's still not large enough for me to use it for internet activity.
    At home I don't use it at all, outside of home I play solitaire, use it to check when the next bus arrives, use the map, make some calls which cannot wait until arrive home. That's all.
    If I want to use the internet when away from home I take my 15" MacBook Pro laptop with me.
    It's heavy, but incomparably better for internet as the iPhone.

  7. Hendy
    May 4, 2015 at 5:29 am

    i'm confused on what to choose.

    you gave
    "All day, every day!", true. I checked it all day, every day
    "Other (What?)", this is what i finally voted on
    "When I get a spare moment", true. when i get a spare moment, i looked at it
    "Every time I get a notification", slightly true. when i get notifications and i not in the middle of something, i checked what is it.
    "Whenever I'm bored", true. whenever i'm bored, of course, where to find something to do? phone.

    so, am i rite choosing Other? Thanks

  8. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 4, 2015 at 3:03 am

    Easier to answer "When you do not check your smartphone?" Never happens. I am a SPaddict. That stands for a SmartPhone Addict. :P :D Hahaha.

  9. Nicholas rota
    May 3, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I love my iPhone . Every 10 or so minutes I check my email and Twitter . I am not obsessed and do not use it all day but I am inbetween. I check my notifications and I check my phone every once in awhile.

  10. peter
    May 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I mainly use my phone as a handy tool for work rather than for pleasure.
    I run a holiday campsite in the UK and often find my apps are a great way to share info.
    Apps that have become a godsend for me (and my customers) include: Wifi analyser (we offer free wifi on site and showing campers which spots have a good signal is a great help)
    UK aerial alignment (its amazing how people can't live without TV for a weekend)
    Google maps (for showing people the best local walks and pubs on a map is very handy)
    Google docs/Drive (having our price list on hand when somebody calls if I'm not near the office PC helps me to give quotes to campers who just want a price)
    Google Translate + Goggles. (These apps are not used often, but we do get travellers from across the world including a camper who had DRIVEN all the way to the UK from China as part of a world tour! Their English wasn't great, although it was much better than my Chinese but with Google Translate and Google Goggles, we were able to understand and translate information between each other about billing and giving directions to local sights)
    1Weather (my current go to app for checking the local weather. I like the fact it offers a longer outlook forecast. I have used others but this one has pride of far!)

    I'd like to point out that all of the above apps are free but I would have gladly paid £1+ for each one if I'd have know just how useful they would be to me in my day to day work.

    My phone is a fantastic pocket tool that allows me to assist my customers throughout the year. Also, by having a Nexus 6 the screen is big enough for both myself and the camper to see what is being shown at the same time!

  11. Ammar Ali Shah
    May 3, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I check my phone like every few minutes just to see if someone texted or did i get a notification or just to well take a look. I check it frequently throughout the day even in class!