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.
The survey by Telenav found people are more likely to give up a variety of habits instead of their smartphones. More than 50 per cent 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 per cent 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 per cent of iPhone users admitted to ending a relationship via text message, voicemail, Facebook or Twitter, as opposed to 18 per cent of Android users and 15 per cent of BlackBerry users.
Perhaps iPhone owners are luckier in love because they try to date their own kind. More than 80 per cent 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.