I love my smart phone. I use it all the time. I check send email, post to Facebook, twitter and other social media sites; text, check the weather, take pictures, read books, check for breaking news, look up obscure facts, search for all sorts of things, even use it as a flash light ... oh yeah, and I use it to make and receive phone calls.
A recent study conducted by Harris Interactive in June, 2013, found that 72% of smartphone owners are within 5 feet of their devices the majority of the time. Well count me in that 72%. Except when I go to the gym or go out for a run, I always have my cell phone on or near me!
And we use our phones at some rather interesting times:
Haha, well I am guilty of using mine while driving (for talking), at the theater (while waiting for the movie to start) and on a dinner date, but only if my companion pulls out their phone first, or goes to the bathroom! But at church? in the shower? or during sex? Yikes!
Looking specifically at the Gen-Y generation, this smart phone “addiction” is strong. A study by Cisco and Perfomics found that 3 out of 4 of 18-29 year olds check their phone as soon as they wake up. 40% check them every 10 minutes. (Guilty! even though I'm long out of that demographic)
These 18-29 year olds feel more dependent on their smart phone than they do their laptop or desktop. (The same is true of 30-49 year olds, it's only when we get to the 50+ crowd that the desktop takes precedence).
These statistics really aren't surprising when you consider that these Millennials grew up with smart phones. I doubt that many of them even have a land line!
They use their phone constantly:
- 76% use their devices in bed
- Over 30% use them in the bathroom
- Over 50% use them during social meals.
And the most common use for the phone among these 18-29-year-olds in the study was:
- Log in to social networks (62%)
- Check the weather forecast (58%)
- Review their calendar and appointments (56%)
- Check or send emails (56%)
How (and where) do you use your smart phone? Could you live without it now that it has become ubiquitous?