Australia’s smartphone addiction

Jacob 27 June 2016 NEWS


Checking your phone during coitus? A new survey has revealed that Australians struggle to put their phones down.

A new study has revealed that Australians struggle to keep their phone usage at bay across the board, from everyday scenarios such as going to the toilet, to during sex and even during childbirth.

Taking your phone to the toilet? You're still the minority

The survey of 1,010 respondents revealed the top 10 scenarios Australians use their mobile phones:

  • While on the toilet: 41% of respondents admitted to this smartphone slip-up.
  • While driving: 32% of respondents have written messages while behind the wheel.
  • At a petrol station: 29% of Australians have disregarded static electricity warnings, despite the real risk.
  • While at a movie or a concert: 17% of us have been that guy who ruined the moment.
  • On an aeroplane: 11% of Aussies have used their mobiles while 3.5km above the ground.
  • At a wedding ceremony: 8% of us found a more subtle way to voice our objections.
  • During sex: 5% of Australians have received more than one type of signal.
  • During the birth of their child: 3% of us wanted to know the gender AND the perfect filter to use.
  • At a funeral: 2% of Australians chose to digitise their memories during the ceremony.

The smartphone society is full of repeat offenders

The survey found that repeat offenders are fairly common, with nearly a third (32%) of Australians sleeping with their phones under their pillows. Perhaps more worrying, a further 20% of Australians say they sleep with their phones every night.

We want it, and we want it NOW

When asked how immediately after waking they check their phones, nearly one in four (23%) of Australians check their phones within 5-10 minutes of waking up, while 13% are on their devices within one minute. The race to the lockscreen is won by the 8% of respondents who check their phone within 30 seconds of opening their eyes.

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