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Can’t Imagine Life Without Smartphones

By November 20, 2015 No Comments

Smartphones have existed as a mass-market product for less than a decade, but a survey by Gallup shows already 46 percent of American smartphone users agree with the statement “I can’t imagine my life without my smartphone.” Attachment is significantly higher among women (51 percent) than men (41 percent). At all age levels women are more likely than men to say they can’t imagine life without their phone, with women under 30 years old the most likely to feel this way (58 percent) and men 65 and older the least likely (35 percent).

For many users, heavy reliance on smartphones means that being separated from the device can be stressful. Young women express the greatest anxiety over being without their smartphones for a day, with 58 percent under 30 saying this would make them very or somewhat anxious compared to 51 percent of women 30 to 49 years old and less than 40 percent for women 50 years and older.