Americans are gadget-obsessed in
this day and age. Devices like smartphones, tablets, MP3 players and laptops
have become convenient companions for the American lifestyle, but according to
a new study conducted by TeleNav, Inc., some mobile phone owners overshoot the
"convenient companion" category and land somewhere in the "love
TeleNav, a wireless location-based services company, conducted a national
survey that asked Americans to choose between giving up their cell phones for a
week; or one of life's other little pleasures/needs like sex, chocolate or
their toothbrush. A total of 514 U.S. mobile phones users (254 males and 260
females) "of driving age" participated in the study between July 15
and July 19, 2011.
According to the survey, one-third of all participants would rather give up sex
for a week rather than their mobile phone. Seventy percent of those in this
category were women. Also, 22 percent of smartphone users said they could go a
week without seeing their significant other in favor of keeping their mobile device
while 14 percent of feature phone users feel the same way. Human companionship
or no human companionship, 66 percent of people in the survey said they sleep
with their cell phones next to them.
Moving on, 70 percent of participants would rather give up alcohol for a week
than their mobile phone while 63 percent would rather give up chocolate, 55
percent would rather give up caffeine, 54 percent would give up exercise, 22
percent would give up their toothbrush, 21 percent would give up their shoes and
20 percent would give up their computer.
The survey also found that iPhone users were
particularly attached to their little mobile friends (or possibly more than
friends) over Android and BlackBerry
users. In fact, iPhone users made up a majority of the following categories: 40
percent of iPhone users were willing to give up their toothbrush, 43 percent
would go a week without shoes, and 83 percent believed other iPhone users would
be the best romantic companions.
The iPhone users in this particular survey were also twice as likely to spend
more than $40 on apps than Android or BlackBerry users. But Android users
topped iPhone users when asked if their phone reflects
their overall sense of style -- nearly half of Android users
feel this way while only 35 percent of iPhone users see their phones as a
stylish representation of themselves.
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quote: 83 percent believed other iPhone users would be the best romantic companions
quote: one of life's other little pleasures/needs like sex, chocolate or their toothbrush
quote: 40 percent of iPhone users were willing to give up their toothbrush