How many friends would you swap for your smartphone?

The US has reached an absurd level of smartphone dependence. One in seven people in a study say they'd forfeit friends for a week before their smartphone.

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When asked if you'd rather give up your smartphone or your friends for a week, what would you say? Presumably, everyone would choose friends over a device. But a recent survey by Motorola Mobility and B2X suggests that's not quite the case.

Interviewing 518 people in the US, the companies concluded, "Americans are addicted to their smartphones." Apparently, one in seven people said a week without friends was preferable to a week without their smartphone, according to Recode.

And, it doesn't stop there. While 74 percent of people keep their devices within close reach throughout the day, 60 percent sleep with their phones -- and this number increases to 84 percent for the 18- to 29-year-old group.

When asked if offered $100 to go without their phone for a day, 40 percent of people said that would be difficult or impossible, according to Recode.

Motorola Mobility and B2X did not mean to highlight smartphone addiction with their survey. In fact, their report is more about people's needs when it comes to smartphone customer service. But these numbers are just too hard to ignore.

 

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