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AUSTRALIANS are increasingly treating their mobile phones as "back-up brains" - and losing them can be crippling.
New research released yesterday says Australians are relying on their phones as an intellectual and emotional crutch. iphone crowds
The poll of 1125 Australians, commissioned by IT giant Microsoft, showed that as Australians become more dependent on their phones, they are becoming less dependent on their memory.
Microsoft's director of mobile communication business Grace Kerrison said that while technology was making things easier for Australians, they should beware the price. mobile phones
"Twenty years ago, most Australians could tell you not only their office number, but the numbers of 10 of their closest friends," she said.
Today, she said, only half knew their work number from memory, and just a third the number of their best friend.
Modern mobile phones incorporate the myriad accessories past generations have had to carry - address book, street map, appointment diary, camera and more - into a single, pocket-sized device. With the growing availability of smartphones, the utility is limited only by imagination.
But that centralisation comes at a price: misplacing the phone - or simply leaving it at home in the morning - can cripple the user.
Mobile phones have become so integral to their owners' lives that they consider it twice as bad to lose a phone than their house keys.
For nobody is the new research more true than members of the latest generation, the most connected in history. Even their name - iGeneration or the internet generation - reflects their immersion in technology.
Year 11 student Lisa Ranson, 17, did not like being painted with the technological brush, but admitted there was some truth to the research.
Friend Imogen Sach, 16, said her phone was one of her most important possessions. "My life is on this," she said. "If I lost it, I would probably cry." Read more........


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