It seems Americans can’t put down their phones. A new study from Jumio Inc. shows that nearly three-fourths of respondents nearly always keep their phones within close reach — within 5 feet at all times, according to the report. In addition, more than half the respondents copped to smartphone usage while driving, even though many states have laws against such behavior.
“People view their smartphones as an extension of themselves, taking them everywhere they go — even the most unorthodox places,” Marc Barach, Jumio’s chief marketing and strategy officer, said in a pre-released statement.
Twelve percent of users use cellphones in the shower, despite the potential for water damage, and one in four have used their phones in church or other places of worship. Nine percent admitted to smartphone usage whilst between the sheets.
Since their phones rarely leave their sight, most Americans panic when it comes to losing their devices. The study showed that the biggest fear is stolen personal information, followed by losing contact with others. More than half of Americans protect their phones with passwords; even so, one in three adults say they still find ways to snoop on another person’s phone (this number increases to 47 percent in younger adults aged 18-34).
Perhaps the most disturbing statistic Jumio uncovered is that 55 percent of respondents have used smartphones while driving. Many states have laws in place to curb talking and texting behind the wheel, because cellphone use is so common in “distracted-driving” accidents.
The study was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Jumio. The participants included 2,021 American adults, more than half of whom use a smartphone.
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