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Are We Addicted to Our Smartphones?

Whether it’s on the train or in the gym, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a public area without someone looking at their smartphone.

A new consumer report has found that modern society is more dependent on smartphones than ever before. So much so that some say they’re prepared to give up a daily bath or human contact for a Wi-Fi connection.

The report reveals some of the most inappropriate situations during which people have felt the need to look at their smartphone. This includes during sex, on the toilet, and even during a funeral.

The 2017 Mobile Professionals Report from iPass Inc., a mobile technology company, surveyed 1,700 professionals worldwide and concluded that “people are addicted to Wi-Fi” and are “so dependent on their smartphones that they will break social etiquette to use them.”

Bathing or Wifi?

They found that seven percent of those surveyed have checked their phones in the middle of sex. Furthermore, 11 percent admitted to sneaking a peek at their phones during a funeral.

Patricia Hume, Chief Commercial Officer at iPass said: ‘You might expect to feel anxious before a first date or during a big presentation, but it seems that the simple prospect of not being connected to Wi-Fi is enough to set people on edge.

‘If there were any doubt, our report proves that social etiquette is a thing of the past when it comes to smartphone use.’

‘Technology, and particularly smartphones have become an integral part of our lives, so much so, that there’s no scenario in which people won’t check their phone.’

Tech Epidemic

Moreover, they expect to be connected to Wi-Fi when they do it.’

The survey revealed some of the most inappropriate situations in which people have felt the need to check their phone – during sex (seven percent), on the toilet (72 percent) and even during a funeral (11 percent).

Nearly two-thirds of people said they felt anxious when not connected to the Wi-Fi. Many people said they’d give up a range of items and activities in exchange for a connection.

A quarter of respondents even went so far as to say that they’d choose Wi-Fi over a bath or shower, and 19 percent said they’d choose Wi-Fi over human contact. It looks like this tech epidemic isn’t going away anytime soon.

 

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