I'm never too proud when I see the weekly report my iPhone sends me of my screen time. I was up 147% last week for an average of 10 hours and 1 minute a day. Before you go shaming me any further, I'm in a long distance relationship with my boyfriend and we FaceTime almost every free hour of our day. Regardless though and despite for whatever reason, it's apparent that I am deeply connected to my phone. I depend on it for so many different things. Especially just having moved here, I don't even feel confident driving somewhere without my phone because I could very easily get lost and then what?!

I know I don't speak for just myself either though. A majority of all Americans have an unbreakable bond with their smartphone. A tech marketing company called SimpleTexting surveyed 1,000 smartphone owners across the country to better understand how strong this bond truly is. They were curious to find out the answer to two main questions:

  • "Which of life’s indulgences, relationships, and overall joys would the average person give up in order to keep their smartphone?"
  • "How much would the average person pay to keep their smartphone for a month or even a year?"

The results revealed some pretty telling things. 40% of respondents said they would sacrifice their dog for a month in order to keep their smartphone. I think this might be worse though as 44% of people said they would give up seeing their significant other for a month to keep their phone. 72% of respondents would rather sacrifice all alcohol for a month if it meant they could keep their phone and 64% would give up coffee. 

You can check out more of the very interesting results here.


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