Time ran a poll asking 5,000 people of all age groups and income levels across the world about their connections to technology. The results show that we are more connected to our smartphones than any other gadget or gizmo in history.
The smartphone is a tool that, less than two decades ago, did not exist. That, three or four decades ago, would have been unfathomable. That, today, users can't go a day—or even an hour—without.
Is it connectivity or addiction? According to Time, one in four people check their mobile device every 30 minites. One in five check it every 10 minutes. One third of people become anxious if they don't have their smartphone for even short periods of time. 75% of those aged 25 to 29 sleep with their phones. You decide.
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Just as remarkable as the power of mobility, over everything from love to learning to global development, is how fast it all happened. It is hard to think of any tool, any instrument, any object in history with which so many developed so close a relationship so quickly as we have with our phones. Not the knife or match, the pen or page. Only money comes close—always at hand, don’t leave home without it. But most of us don’t take a wallet to bed with us, don’t reach for it and check it every few minutes, and however useful money is in pursuit of fame, romance, revolution, it is inert compared with a smart phone—which can replace your wallet now anyway.
In China, it is extremely common for people to ask each other on dates via text. One third of Indians have coordinated adultery via text. And 64% of Brazilians have sent a sext to a partner or loved one. Half of the world's mobile phone users believe text messages have affected "the way I live my life."
See more in the infographic below.