Look at your hand. Is there a phone there? Did it leap into your grasp, unbidden? Is it impossible for you to distinguish its warmth from that of your palm?
You are not alone.
Technology giant/possible Skynet forebear Motorola has released a new seven-country, 7,000-person survey that details users’ smartphone habits. For anyone overly concerned about our reliance on the now-ubiquitous technology, the results are sobering.
Sixty percent of people surveyed admitted they’ve slept holding their phones, and a further 17 percent took the device into the shower with them. Nineteen percent of respondents said they’d rather give up sleeping than go without their phone for a weekend. In that same line of questioning, 15 percent said they’d give up their significant other and 18 percent said they’d give up showering. Twenty-two percent said they’d rather give up sex.
Here’s where the study gets kind of depressing, though. Only 39 percent of respondents said they have a “happy” relationship with their smartphone, and another 79 percent say they’re irritated with their phone when it interrupts them during a meeting or in public. Another 40 percent said they ask their smartphones things they wouldn’t ask their best friend.
So, all told, we can’t live without our phones, even though we kind of hate them. This would be a really good place for some kind of eloquent statement about These Modern Times We Live In. But, hang on, we just got a notification from Tinder.