Are you constantly upgrading your mobile phone? Always wanting the latest personal audio player? Can’t buy a new laptop for fear there’s something better out there? Then you might well be a neophiliac.
According to new research reported by Media Life magazine, neophiliacs are people who are addicted to the new. And according to the study from the Yamagata University School of Medicine in Japan, some people may actually be more genetically predisposed to wanting the newest things. Here’s the science – it comes down to a mitochondrial enzyme called monoamine oxidase A. Those who produce the enzyme in high quantities are likely to be addicted to gadgets.
However, University of York professor of sociology Colin Campbell disagrees with the research, pointing out that people were far more suspicious of change in the past – so the urge to constantly move on is sociological, not a genetic one.
What do you think? Are you a gadget addict? Or are there just more things to spend our money on these days? Tell us your opinion below.