Four in five Americans check their phones within 15 minutes of waking, and 79% keep that device on or near them for 22 hours each day. As author and entrepreneur Nir Eyal points out, these devices have the human race hooked - but why? We sat down with him to find out more.
"It's kind of awkward to leave voicemails now," says 22-year-old college graduate Chris Paul. His sentiments are echoed by his generation, with research showing that voicemail use dropped 8% between October 2013 and April 2014, as texting becomes the dominant communication method.
"What is something you believe that nearly no one agrees with you on?" The iconic interview question popularised by Peter Thiel has become the basis for a Tinder-esque app for job hunters, where candidates sign-up with LinkedIn and film 20-second video clips of their answers.
Mobile dating app Tinder simplifies an increasingly complicated hookup culture, appealing to online dating sceptics and millennials alike by minimising the chances of rejection.
Studies show that three quarters of us are born with the inclination to make poor spending decisions - spurring the creation of Japanese money management app PhotoMoney. And while it's not the first, developers believe it's unique enough to effectively alter spending habits.
At concerts, the urge to document on smartphones is often prioritised over the experience itself, affecting the atmosphere for performers and fans alike. In response, video app Soundhalo attempts to offer its users the best of both worlds.
Creators who leave their products open for remixing and hacking are redefining pop culture and extending the longevity of their success. Both Kinect and Twilight offer insights into how this creativity can be harnessed to everyone's benefit.
Has social media killed the art of conversation for teens? Not according to author, social media expert and youth researcher danah boyd - who says it's "nothing more than a release valve to changes that have happened in the real world." We caught up with her to learn more.