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Almost half of Americans can’t go a day without their smartphone

Above: Comic Louis C.K. disses smartphones. But is he right?

Even the phone makers and wireless carriers couldn’t have known just how big the smartphone would become.

A new study by Bank of America found 47 percent of U.S. mobile phone users wouldn’t want to go a single day without their smartphone.

The survey included 1,000 banking customers who use smartphones.

Large segments of the respondents said they’d rather go a day without coffee (60 percent) or alcohol (79 percent).

“When asked what they would give up to regain access to their mobile phone, nearly four in five (79 percent) of respondents would be willing to give up alcohol or chocolate,” the report states.

Ninety-one percent said they care about their mobile devices as much as they care about their car and deodorant.

To Millennials, their smartphones were more important to them that deodorant and toothbrushes.

Overall, there were only two things that those surveyed would be less likely to give up for a day than smartphones — personal hygiene and the Internet.


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10 comments
Jon Meacham
Jon Meacham

Have 2 phones one for work one for personal. Couldn't give up either living out of town 3 weeks at a time and keeping in touch with delivery drivers. Sex on the other hand can surprisingly be held at bay for 22 days at a time LOL

Roger Phelps
Roger Phelps

Just another example of how a survey can be set up to say anything you want, and how an article can take it and create a firestorm.  1000 banking customers are supposed to represent all Americans?  Seriously?

Travis Pütz
Travis Pütz

Why would anyone want to - other than to prove some silly point?

Kevin Gordon
Kevin Gordon

Cant. Im self employed. My smart phone is my portable wifi hotspot for when I am out with clients. It also allows me to get time sensitive updates I need while on the go.

Joel Reyna
Joel Reyna

I don't own one. I got rid of it a few months back. I use messaging on the desktop and a landline at the house.

Brian Durden
Brian Durden

Can't or unwilling? They make lives easier and offer access to friends, family, different viewpoints, and a tremendous amount of information. If you don't like a smartphone, don't use one. It's very simple.

Cary Spenser
Cary Spenser

My first thought.  Give me those numbers by age and gender.