Study: 1 in 10 Americans Use Smartphones During Sex

Lila Gray

CYBERSPACE — According to the 2013 Mobile Consumer Habits Study, ten percent of Americans admit to using their cell phone while having sex, either to answer a call or send a text.

“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, the company that funded the study for Harris Interactive. The report compiled surveys from 1,102 smartphone users.

The study also noted that a whopping 72 percent of Americans said they were within five feet of their phones at all times, making it proximal even while between the sheets.

Not everyone is happy about the prevalence of tech in traditionally intimate spheres: 12 percent of respondents reported that smartphones were “getting in the way” of their relationship. For the demographic of 18-34 year olds, the number jumps to 20 percent.    

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