If You Love Your Cell Phone So Much, Why Don’t You Marry It?

By Jason Kelley
December 17, 2012

Category:
Media Consuption

That particular question was not included in Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project’s most recent survey. However, the findings of the study detailed in a new report entitled, “The Best (and Worst) of Mobile Connectivity”, does uncover some interesting facts about American’s love/hate relationship with their mobile devices.

A whopping 85% of American adults own a cell phone, and these mobile devices now play a central role in many aspects of their owners’ lives according to a new survey.

  • 67% of cell owners find themselves checking their phone for messages, alerts, or calls
  • 44% of cell owners have slept with their phone next to their bed
  • 29% of cell owners describe their cell phone as “something they can’t imagine living without.”

Despite this connection to their devices, most cell owners don’t worry too much (or get many complaints from their friends) about spending too much time with their phones:

  • 11% of cell owners say that they themselves sometimes worry that they are spending too much time with their phone.
  • 12% of cell owners say that people they know tell them that they are spending too much time using their phone.

Indeed, many cell owners hear complaints from friends that they don’t devote enough time to monitoring their mobile communications:

  • 39% of cell owners say that people they know have complained because they don’t respond promptly to phone calls or text messages.
  • 33% of cell owners say that people they know have complained because they don’t check their phone frequently enough.