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New Survey Shows How People From 7 Countries Are Getting More Attached To Their Smartphones

Jul 30, 2015 01:35 AM EDT

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More and more people are getting unhealthily attached to their smartphones. In an online survey conducted by KRC Research, they released data that inferred that more than half of their 7,112 respondents would rather save their smartphones over their cats, and 22% of these would rather give up sex than their devices. More than that, 60% of all the respondents surveyed end up falling asleep with their smartphones.

The study, which was conducted on respondents from Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Spain, UK, and the US, traced the growing attachment to smartphones.

The data showed:

-60% of the respondents from the 7 countries fell asleep with their smartphones.

-57% of the respondents take their devices into the toilet.

-54% would save their smartphone instead of their cat, from a fire.

-40% ask or tell their smartphones secrets that they don’t tell even their best friends.

-39% reported feeling “happy” about their smartphones.

-22% would rather give up sexual activity than spend a weekend without their smartphones.

-19% would rather give up sleep altogether than live without their smartphone for a week.

-18% would rather give up showering than spend a week without their smartphone.

-17% have used their smartphones while showering.

-15% would rather break up with their significant others than break up with their smartphones.

However, these stats are also rather telling:

-79% of the respondents reported “feeling bothered” when their devices interrupted important events such as meetings, etc.

-With only 39% of the respondents stating that they feel “happy” with their devices, a possible 61% may be unhappy with their devices, with a certain percentage feeling “neutral” about them. Apparently, not everyone is happy about being addicted to their smartphones.

By contrast, in a study conducted in the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in December 2014, researchers discovered that light emitted from mobile devices had “profound biological effects,” especially when used in the bedroom, right before sleep. The study, supported by the National Institutes of Health, discovered that effects of light emitted by the electronic devices disrupted circadian rhythms. More than that, even if the subjects were able to have a full 8 hours of sleep, the subjects reported feeling sleepier and less alert the next morning.

Business Insider Australia also reported that 63% of people are not getting enough sleep. They also pointed out that sleeping less than 6 hours nightly raises the risk of heart attacks by 50%. These points were raised in an article published in November 2012.

With the recent KRC Research findings, it might be high time for a massive “disconnect” or “get un-wired” campaign.

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