Researchers investigate Australia’s relationship with smartphones August 14, 2017 Smartphone science: Murdoch researchers are playing a leading role in Australia's Biggest Smartphone Survey. Murdoch researchers are playing a leading role in Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey—the online project for National Science Week. Dr Lynette Vernon and PhD student Bep Uink will join a collection of Australia’s smart phone experts to ask how smartphones have changed our lives. Has it made your life easier? Or harder? How much time do you spend on it? Does it help you connect (or disconnect) with people? And could you live without it? Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey is asking you to share how you use your smartphone and what impact this ubiquitous device is having on your life. “Our research found that late night phone use directly contributes to poor sleep habits,” says Dr Lynette Vernon, a psychology researcher at Murdoch University. “This poor sleep makes it harder to function during the daytime and, over time, leads to declines in overall wellbeing and mental health." Psychology researcher Dr Kathryn Modecki from Griffith University, hopes the survey will illustrate how carrying around powerful computers in our pockets is influencing our lives, health, habits and relationships. “Does having access to the world of knowledge and unlimited social opportunities in the palm of our hands make life better?” she asks. “Get involved with Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey and help us find out.” “I’m a know-it-all, so I love whipping out my smartphone to do some quick fact checking,” says ABC Science writer and broadcaster Bernie Hobbs. “But there are downsides, like the feeling that thanks to my phone I’m always on call.” Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey is open for two weeks, from 11 – 25 August, and people are encouraged to take part by heading to the Smartphone Survey website at www.smartphonesurvey.net.au. All the information collected in the survey will be depersonalised and aggregated to build an overall picture of the relationship Australians have with their smartphones. Australia’s Biggest Smartphone Survey is the online national project for National Science Week 2017, undertaken by ABC Science with funding through the Australian Government’s Inspiring Australia strategy. Print This Post Media contact: Pepita Smyth Tel: (08) 9360 1289 | Mobile: 0417 171 551 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Events, Research Tags: australia's biggest smartphone survey, bep uink, kathy modecki, lynette vernon, national science week Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!