Mobile handsets are a "life partner"
Mobile phone handsets contain so much valuable information that they are often considered to be "life partners" by their users.
According to University of Canberra associate professor Amanda Gordon, most Aussies can be classed as "zoo keepers". This means that they use smartphone apps several times a day and generally use them to keep the personal relationships ticking over.
Most commonly, zookeepers check emails, update their social profiles and read the weather forecast.
One of the key drivers of this long-term relationship that people seem to have with their mobile phones is the fear of missing out.
"Mobile handsets are now considered a life partner for most, holding valuable information and helping people to carry out their day-to-day lives through email, calendar, weather apps and social networking," associate professor Gordon said.
And it seems that the software could be having a greater impact on smartphone technology than previously thought, with Facebook announcing that it could launch a new mobile phone next year.
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