Auction giant eBay conducted an informal little experiment for the App Store’s fifth anniversary yesterday, to see whether people could survive O.K. without apps. Yeah, you’ve already guessed the answer.
Out of the 200 app-happy people eBay asked to abstain for four days, a third weren’t able to make it; eBay says that one of the participants even compared it with quitting smoking, which is interesting when combined with the test’s discovery that using apps made people feel significantly calmer and happier.
eBay cooked up a little infographic to illustrate the experiment’s results.
When he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.