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Love for smartphones knows no bounds

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We already know people are addicted to their smartphones, but a new study gives a clearer idea of just how attached users are to their device.

Nearly three in four American smartphone users surveyed said they are within two metres of their devices most of the time, according to the 2013 Mobile Consumer Habits study released Thursday by Harris Interactive and Jumio, a mobile verification and payments company.

More than a third said they use their device at movie theatres and 12 per cent said they even use it while in the shower.

But perhaps most unusual is the fact that almost one in 10 users, or nine per cent of respondents, said they have even used their smartphone during sex.

"So it should be no surprise that 12 per cent believe their smartphone gets in the way of their relationships," the press release said.

The number of adults using their smartphones during sex rises to one in five when looking only at the 18 to 34 age group.

"People view their smartphones as an extension of themselves, taking them everywhere they go -- even the most unorthodox places -- from the shower to their commute, from the dinner table to the bedroom," said Marc Barach, chief marketing and strategy officer at Jumio, in a statement.

Other unusual places where people are using their phones include during a dinner date (33 per cent), during a child's school function (32 per cent), at a place of worship (19 per cent), and, perhaps most alarming, while driving (55 per cent).

The study surveyed 1,102 smartphone users.

-- Los Angeles Times

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 15, 2013 D6

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