One in ten US smartphone owners use their phones during sex, survey discovers
Smartphone users in the US use their phones so much, one in ten even use them during sex, while over half used their phone while driving, according to the Mobile Consumer Habits study. Released by Jumio and conducted by Harris Interactive, the online survey of 2,021 online adults in the US, found that 1,102 were smartphone users of 18 and older, of which 9 per cent admitted to having used their phone during sex. Also discovered was that 12 per cent used their smartphones in the shower and that nearly a fifth (19 per cent) used it in church, and 55 per cent admitted to using their smartphone while driving. Nearly three quarters (72 per cent) also said they spent the majority of their time within five feet of their phone, while 35 per cent used it with a movie theatre, 33 per cent during a dinner date and 32 per cent at a school function for their children. Marc Barach, chief strategy officer, Jumio said that people viewed their smartphones as an extension of themselves and took them everywhere. “Panic sets in when consumers are separated from their devices, with privacy concerns topping the list. People have good reason to be on high alert; nearly 30 per cent of adults admit to snooping on someone else’s mobile phone, making users aware of the potential violations that happen when we put our own phones down,” he added. Also discovered what that most US phone users (59 per cent) used the password protection setting, while they were most worried about theft of personal possession (65 per cent) should they lose their phone, while over half (58 per cent) were worried about losing contact with other people in that situation. Just over a quarter (26 per cent) said that they would be worried about someone else using their mobile payment options should their phone be used by another person.