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Jan 8 2014 12:31PM
 
Are you a smartphone zombie?
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Smartphones are fast becoming a lifeline for most of us.

The possibilities they offer are immense — right from controlling the lights in your house, allowing you access to unlimited entertainment and social interaction options, and even providing a sense of security by sending out distress signals in times of need.

In fact, a majority of us cannot fathom a single minute of our lives without these gadgets, call it addiction or immense love for the widely used gizmo.

We bring you a list of quirky terms that have evolved surrounding smartphones and their various usages.

Nomophobia: A term created by British researchers in 2008 to identify people who experience anxiety when they have no access to mobile technology.

Smartphone zombie: A person who is constantly focused on his/her smartphone, and are oblivious to their surroundings and other people.

Smartphone cruising:
Peppering social networking pages with updates around the time people go and come back from their workplaces.

Crackberry: Usually referred to blackberry users who can't put down their phones even for a second.

iPwned:
When someone brags about having an apple product.

Smartphone dead leg: The loss of feeling in the legs due to prolonged smartphone use while sitting down, in particular on the toilet.

Smartphone drone: People who constantly skulk around with their phones, texting, tweeting, or putting their mundane lives on social networking sites.

Smartphone elbow: The soreness you get on the inside of your elbow when you stretch your arm out after surfing the web, texting and doing other things on your smartphone for long periods.

Smartphone face: Sagging of the jaw/chin as a result of looking down at a smartphone constantly.

Smartphone moment: When a person is unintentionally ignored by his/her friend and acquaintance as they are engaged on their smartphone.

Signs of Cellphone addiction

- You use it in the bathroom
- You feel a brief moment of panic when you touch your pocket (or grope the bottom of your purse) and don't find your phone
- When you meet people with the same phone, you can only talk about it
- A full battery charge barely lasts the day
- You've cut back on necessities to be able to pay your phone bill
- You have 30 different apps installed, and use them all
- You have alarms telling you when to do everything in your life
- You've spent more on the accessories than on your phone

This articles is from the Times of India website

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