Smartphones appear to be more addictive than we all thought: a new survey released Monday found that 47 percent of U.S. adults would not be able to make it 24 hours without one, and four out of five would rather give up alcohol or chocolate in order to get their phone back.
Smartphones ranked below the internet and hygiene when it came to importance in a person’s life, beating out television and coffee. Ninety-one percent said their phone is as important as deodorant and their car.
When it comes to Millennials between the ages of 18 and 24, things become even more bleak: 96 percent said their smartphone was more important than a toothbrush and deodorant. No wonder they turn to their phones; they don’t have the ability to smell.
When asked about annoying phone behavior, 38 percent of respondents said they were most perturbed when someone checked their phone while driving, and 15 percent said they dislike when someone talks loudly on the phone in public.
Of course, because this survey was conducted by Bank of America, several of the questions were about mobile banking: of those who use their phones to access mobile banking, 31 percent log on at least once a day, and 82 percent check their accounts at least once a week.
– – Catherine Garcia (The week)