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Most Millennials are sick of hearing that we’re too dependent on technology. There’s a think piece on every corner about the horrors of excessive cell phone use. But it turns out that the research is against us: there are some startling numbers about cell phone use and addiction. Check out these studies that might make you think twice about keeping that phone in bed with you at night.
1. 21% of Americans spend more money on their phone bill each month than on food. 13% even pay $200 or more per month for their beloved smartphone.
2. Lots of people like to keep their phones close, especially in the 18-29 age range. 90% of them sleep with their smartphones, and 90% use their phone immediately before bed. A full half of people will look immediately at their phone if they are disturbed during the night. This can lead to some problems, as more screentime can reduce melatonin and make it harder to sleep.
3. People don’t just bring their phones to bed when they’re sleeping. 10% of people will admit to using their phone during sex and that number bumps up to 20% for the young adults.
4. While we may love our smartphones, not everyone uses them responsibly. An astounding 12% of people use smartphones in the shower. We have to hope they have waterproof phones.
5. Perhaps the worst statistic available is that 50% of people text while driving. The behavior is six times more dangerous than drunk driving, and leads to thousands of accidents a year.
6. Many people show signs of being incapable of taking time away from their phone. In one survey, 84% of people said they can’t go one day without it.
7. Maybe there’s a reason we all keep our phones so close though. In the same survey, 20% of people said they check their phone about once every 10 minutes. People aren’t keeping them close as just an emotional safety blanket.