One Third Of Americans Would Choose iPhone Over Sex

A national survey found that a third of Americans would rather give up sex than their smartphones, as mobile devices become even more rooted into people’s lives.

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The survey by Telenav found people are more likely to give up a variety of habits instead of their smartphones. More than 50 percent of people would rather give up caffeine, chocolate or exercise than part with their iPhones or Blackberrys for a week, while a hygienically questionable 22 percent would be willing to part with their toothbrushes.

Telenav’s survey dovetails with psychologists’ recent findings that more people that would rather fiddle with their smartphones than interact with other human beings. An increasing number of people sleep with their phones and check them incessantly, fearing that they will miss something unless they stay plugged-in.

According to another study by OkCupid, overly-active Twitter users have shorter relationships than those who use the service sparingly or not at all. Maintaining a sturdy Twitter following requires people to update status messages all the time, making heavy users feel the need to constantly pull out their cell phones and read their latest tweets. The habit disconnects them from the world around them, including their loved ones.

Telenav’s study went one step further and broke down its findings specifically by the types of smartphone that people used. Just 10 percent of iPhone users admitted to ending a relationship via text message, voicemail, Facebook or Twitter, as opposed to 18 percent of Android users and 15 percent of BlackBerry users.

Perhaps iPhone owners are luckier in love because they try to date their own kind. More than 80 percent of iPhone users said they think other iPhone owners would make the best romantic partners.

The survey didn’t specify whether these iPhone users think it’s the ability to Facetime, sync their music libraries or just geek out over Apple products that assures them a lifetime of happiness.

Posted on August 10, 2011, in Fail, Gadgets, Sex, smartphone addiction and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Sweet & Sexy Reviews

    Ouch…give up sex instead of your iPhone for a week? That’s some serious sacrifice.
    Giving up your toothbrush for a week? That’s just disgusting.

    I have a smartphone, but the only thing I have active on it is texting and calling. I don’t need to play with my phone every waking moment of the day, nor do I need 100 apps or a fancy name behind it to feel special. I have a Blackberry Pearl that’s about four years old now. It’s all scratched up and used to death, but I’m sure as hell not buying a new one until it breaks. These people who have to get the newest phone as soon as it comes out are so obsessed it’s frightening.

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