Sleeping with Smartphones, and Other Vices


Consumers around the world admit it: they sleep with their smartphone, take it in the shower, and would rescue the device from a fire before saving the family cat.

Sleeping with Your Smartphone

Those are among the findings of a seven-country survey of more than 7,000 people about smartphone habits.

60 percent of those surveyed said they slept holding their handsets — with the highest percentages in India (74%) and China (70%). And 57 percent said they took the device into the toilet, with the highest totals from China and Brazil.

One in six smartphone users said they used their phones while showering, and more than half — 54 percent — said they would reach for the phone before saving their cat in the event of a fire.

How close are people to their devices?

How close are people to their devices? 22 percent said they would give up sex for a weekend before parting with their phone. And 40 percent tell secrets to their phones they would not reveal even to their best friend.

But the relationship is not perfect. Only 39 percent said they were “happy” with their phone, and 79 percent felt bothered that their devices interrupted them at inopportune moments.

The survey was conducted online by KRC Research with a total of 7,112 smartphone owners in the United States, Britain, Brazil, China, Spain, Mexico and India.

Source: AFP Relaxnews

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