NOTE: GrowthBeat is less than 2 weeks out! VentureBeat is gathering the best and brightest in modern digital marketing to help declutter the landscape, simplify the functions, clarify the goals, and point the way to success. Get the full scoop here, and buy your tickets while they last.
If you’re reading this, chances are you’re addicted to your mobile device. The question is, just how addicted are you?
According to research compiled by gadget insurance service Protect Your Bubble, 40 percent of iPhone users would rather not bathe than give up their precious mobile devices.
Oh. My. God, Becky. That’s just disgusting.
But wait, there’s more! Around 84 percent of people in the U.S. say they absolutely could not go one day without a smartphone. A full half of y’all sleep with your phones, and nearly as many use their smartphones at the gym.
Others are texting while making whoopee, and you know a fair amount of you use your phones while driving — which is not only pitiful but also dangerous.
Technically, smartphone usage isn’t an addition. We’ll save that term for the actual struggling addicts out there who grapple with alcohol and drug problems. But smartphone dependency undoubtedly makes the world a worse place and gives people an excuse to be less connected in meatspace, missing out on opportunities for genuine human interactions.
So take one for the team, put down your smartphone for a few hours, and try to see the world around you through your own two eyeballs rather than through a digital filter, will ya?
Here’s the full infographic for your further dystopian discomfort: