July 15, 2013
According to an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive, nearly one in 10 (or nine percent of) Smartphone owners admit to using their device during sex, while 12 percent have used their device in “unexpected places” such as the shower. Of those who do check their devices during sex, most fall into the 18 to 34 age group.
Taboo times people use their Smartphones are: a movie theater (35 percent), during a dinner date (33 percent), at a child’s or school function (32 percent) and in a place of worship (19 percent).
The study, recently released by Jumio, Inc., revealed 72 percent of those surveyed admit to being within five feet of their devices at all times or as often as possible.
“People view their Smartphones as an extension of themselves, taking them everywhere they go – even the most unorthodox places – from the shower to their commute, from the dinner table to the bedroom,” said Jumio chief marketing and strategy officer Marc Barach.
“And panic sets in when consumers are separated from their devices, with privacy concerns topping the list. People have good reason to be on high alert; nearly 30 percent of adults admit to snooping on someone else’s mobile phone, making users aware of the potential violations that happen when we put our own phones down.”
Unsuprisingly, 12 percent of respondents say their device has come between them and their partners.