Americans simply won’t let go of their smartphones, according to a new Jumio online study that revealed how America’s addiction to its mobile devices drives users to take them to some surprising and steamy places. Some unusual findings included using smartphones in the shower, at houses of worship, and even during sex. The study also revealed how Americans are serious about protecting their precious smartphones, along with the private information they contain. For a closer look at the improper and sometimes indecent behavior that smartphones can inspire, Jumio.com posted all the details.
“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 Marc Barach, chief marketing and strategy officer at Jumio. “And panic sets in when consumers are separated from their devices, with privacy concerns topping the list.”
Conducted in June by Harris Interactive for Jumio, the 2013 Mobile Consumer Habits study polled around 2,000 U.S. adults, with more than half being active smartphone users.
According to the study, 72% of respondents insisted on keeping their smartphones less than five feet away at most times. Approximately one-third admitted to bringing their smartphones to some unwelcome places, including the movie theater, on a date, and to a child’s school event. As proof that they worship their smartphones, 19% brought them along to places of worship. On a steamier note, 12% brought their phones into the shower, and 9% used them during sex. No wonder 12% of respondents in relationships said their smartphones often caused problems with their partners.
While many saw no problem in taking their smartphones to such private places, they were very concerned with protecting the privacy of their smartphones. The study showed that almost 60% of Americans kept their smartphones password protected. Additional concerns included 65% who feared the theft of their phone, followed by 58 percent afraid of losing outside contact and one-third who feared that someone else would access their social profiles.
Privacy was also deemed more important to singles, with 69% of unattached respondents inclined to password protect their phones compared to the 55% of married people who did the same.
Perhaps these privacy concerns stemmed from the finding that almost 30% admitted to peeking and prying into someone else’s phone. This inappropriate probing was almost twice as prevalent among single than married respondents, as well as admitted by a whopping 47% of respondents under age 35.
Even though they’re called smartphones, it looks like Americans sometimes use them rather foolishly.
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Written by Michael Del Gigante