34% of Spaniards recognize that excessive use of mobile devices has a negative impact on their social environment, according to a study by Cigna insurer.


Technology sneaks into each and every facet of our life and the way we relate. Taking a last look at the mobile and turning it off is the last thing we do before bedtime. And turn it on and check it is one of the first actions to wake up in the morning … If the smartphone does not stay on at night too.

This hyperconnectivity has multiple advantages but also many disadvantages. A study by Phone House says that 42% of Spaniards do not spend more than an hour without looking at their cell phone. And an Orange Marketing Cluod report indicates that we check the smartphone more than 150 times per day , according to Europa Press . Thus, mobile devices bring us closer to the people we have farther away, thanks to instant messaging or video call applications. But can also have negative effects on health, generating adverse responses such as isolation or anxiety.

According to the study «Cigna 360 Wellbeing Survey», prepared by health insurer Cigna, 34% of respondents in our country recognize that excessive use of smartphones and tablets is having a negative impact on their social environment. Thus, technologies facilitate new communication channels and help maintain the relationship with friends and family but being connected continuously interferes with socialization outside the online world. The insurer warns that abusing time online reduces personal interaction, generates distraction and, in extreme terms, can lead the individual to isolate himself.

Despite this, it seems that we spend too much time with the mobile in hand. The report reveals that we Spaniards use our cell phone three hours a day. 72% say they use it mainly as a distraction or to connect to the internet. And almost 70% indicate that the economic cost of your smartphone is worth it.

However, a good part of the respondents consider that they abuse the mobile. Only 26% believe that the time they spend on these devices is adequate. And 40% say that their use of these devices is ‘normal’. In addition, one in three respondents believes that living without their smartphone would be impossible.

This dependence is justified by the increasing possibilities offered by these devices, which are used daily to do the most diverse tasks, beyond social interrelation: payments and bank transfers, personal monitoring of health and fitness, online shopping, GPS navigation, watch videos, listen to music, play, etc.

Cigna remarks that the need for use even affects the work environment, both because of the abusive use during the work day and because of the impossibility of disconnect during break hours. According to the Orange Marketing Cloud study, 32% of employees check their terminal an average of 4 times per hour.