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1 in 5 Smartphone Owners Claim To Be Addicted

by Emily Price | February 24, 2011

If you feel like you’re addicted to your smartphone, you’re not alone. A recent research study from Crowd Science indicates that one in every five smartphone owners admits to being addicted to the device, the number skewing a little higher among iPhone owners, with 26% claiming mobile addiction.

Other smartphone addict facts:

  • Those between the ages of 30 and 49 are heaviest users of smartphone features, while respondents who are 50+ use fewer features (particularly text messaging, games, and social media) and do so less frequently.
  • 25% of smartphone owners say they perform local and map-based activities less than once a month, 11% indicate they never do so, and 58% go-local at least once a week.
  • 89% of smartphone owners believe it is taboo to break-up with someone via text message.
  • If their phone fell in a public toilet, 57% would fish it out! Agreement was highest among iPhone owners, at 65% compared with 49% for BlackBerry owners.

The survey was done with a sample group of 800 people, represented by an even amount of iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry owners.

What do you think about the results?

I’m particularly intrigued that only 57% of people would fish their phones out of public toilets. As someone who has done this more than once (don’t judge!), if you clean it off, dry it, out, and put it in a bag of rice overnight…you’re good. I’ll admit mine have all been dropped in clean toilets, but still. What are the other 43% of you people doing? Flushing your $600 phone?


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Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...