Huawei and Decibel Research recently conducted a study into how Australians use their phones, and the results vary from expected to ridiculous. During sex?! Seriously, people.
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Over one in five Australians (21 per cent) will damage our own phones within the first six months of owning it. Out of the accident-prone among us, 40 per cent are dropping them in water or spilling our drinks on them, and 35 per cent are watching in horror as they slip through our hands and onto the floor.
We're not very good at this.
Instead of collecting dust in a drawer, your old smartphone could be used to assist on of the 288,000 Australians living with no hearing or sight use technology to reconnect with family, friends and the wider community.
Not-for-profit mobile phone recycling program MobileMuster is collecting unwanted smartphones during the month of September to be donated to Able Australia, where they will be used to educate people with deafblindness on how to use speech recognition and Braille readers.
Remember when we could function perfectly well without a smartphone? As smartphone ownership has rapidly increased, so too has the number of us who feel dependent on a mobile phone. Today there are almost seven million Australians carrying around a smartphone they say they couldn't live without.
Somehow we managed to travel, stay safe, leave work, make social plans and generally stop our lives from spiralling out of control without one. But for more and more Australians, smartphones aren't just a handy tool, they're now necessary for everyday living.