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Nearly one in three Americans would rather give up sex for three months instead of their smartphone for just one week according to a new survey from mobile intelligence developer Delvv.
In its Digital Habits Survey 2016, the firm asked 355 Americans at least 18 years of age or older a series of questions pertaining to their friends, family, technology and more. By far, the most surprising find is that roughly 29 percent of respondents would rather give up sex for an entire quarter instead of exchanging their smartphone for a "dumb phone" for a single week.
Delvv founder Felice Gabriel explains the metric to a T.
She tells Bustle that young adults have grown up immersed in a culture of instant gratification, adding that many have both a fear of missing out on new information and of being bored. Smartphones, she continues, deliver information instantaneously across many social channels which provides a sense of constant connectedness and validation from being the first to know someone's news and / or receive positive feedback and approval about their updates.
I couldn't have said it any better myself.
Interestingly enough, the survey also found that many people feel guilty for spending so much time using their smartphones. Nearly two in three (61 percent, to be exact) millennials believe they should cut down on their smartphone use compared to just 40 percent of Gen Xers and 14 percent of Baby Boomers.
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