TIME poll reveals just how dependent we are on our mobile phones

There’s no question we’re all overly dependent on our smartphones. If you use your smartphone on a daily basis (which you probably do) and you say that you aren’t dependent on it, you are just flat out lying to yourself. Well just in case we wanted all the specifics on just how obsessed we are with these little devices, TIME in partnership with Qualcomm polled 5,000 worldwide to gather plenty of information on how we use our phones and how it connects to our lifestyles. Notably, 84 percent of respondents said they could not go a single day without a mobile device.

Here’s some more interesting stats to take in. 61 percent of voters plan to get a new phone in less than two years, 65 percent would rather have their phone with them instead of their lunch if they were forced to choose between the two, 50 percent of Americans (and over 80 percent of 18-24 year olds) sleep with their mobile device next to their bed, 32 percent prefer communication text message, 30 percent feel anxious without their phone by their side, and 23 percent screen all their calls and reply via text or voicemail instead — side note: I’m one of those people; guilty as charged for being antisocial.

The poll also dove into some other lifestyles categories to see how our mobile devices affect us there. These include dating, parenting, politics, government and politics, business, and multitasking. To highlight some of the more interesting findings: 43 percent of voters have asked someone on a date via text message, 66 percent feel their mobile device has made them better parents, 40 percent in the U.S. says mobile tech has helped with the economical struggle, 26 percent feel guilty if they don’t respond to a work-related message while off duty, and 58 percent worldwide use their mobile device while also using a laptop or desktop computer.

Wow. We are definitely consumed by mobile technology in this day an age. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below and head to TIME to see the full list of results.

[via 9to5Mac]

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