Whether it is telling the time, checking out the weather forecast, reading the news or seeing what is going on in the world of Facebook and Twitter, I’m usually glued to my phone, and probably more than I should be.
As a little social experiment a few years ago, I went without my phone for a week, just to see how I would get on.
For the first few days I really struggled. I didn’t have a clue what was going on with my friends as I regularly chat with them on WhatsApp, I had to constantly ask everyone what the time was, and I felt detached from the world.
The longer I went on though, the easier I found it to cope. It helped me appreciate everything that I had in my life more, and I was able to live in the moment better, rather than just live on my phone.
The reason why I bring this up is because there could soon be a shortage of cobalt.
This is a metal that is used in a lot of smartphone batteries, as well as electric cars and other tech industries.
According to a BBC article, demand nearly matched supply in cobalt this year, and it is highly likely that it will outstrip it in years to come.
It could mean that the price of smartphones will increase as materials become pricier if they become more scarce.
With the rate that people go through phones as users are regularly offered upgrades, that could change over the next five to ten years.
Apple are recycling metals such as cobalt and gold more, which looks set to help out in the long term.
But in the short term, it may cause a few problems if you are wanting to get hold of the latest phones.