Two-Thirds of Adults Sleep with Their Cell Phones
A new survey has revealed that 65 percent of adults sleep with their cell phones on or next to their beds.
This latest sampling from the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows how cell phones continue to grow ever more vital in our livelihoods.
For example, the findings show that about nine out of 10 people agree that these mobile devices make them feel safer and more connected to friends and family.
This interconnectedness goes well beyond mere phone calls: More than 72 percent of adults as of May 2010 were taking advantage of the text messaging service on their phones compared to 65 percent a year ago.
Teenagers, however, still rule at texting , and send a median of 50 texts a day compared to an adult's 10 or so.
Cell phone adoption is roaring ahead as well, with now eight in 10 adult white people owning a phone along with 87 percent of African Americans and English-speaking Hispanics.
Yet despite nearly everyone having a phone, attitudes remain broadly negative toward interruptions caused by ringing phones or people paying their phones too much mind.
Almost ninety percent of people thought it rude when someone repeatedly interrupts a meeting or conversation to attend to a buzzing phone. And nearly half of survey respondents said they get annoyed when a call or text on their phone interrupts them.
So as much as we love our phones – and the Internet for that matter – it would seem that a great emphasis is still placed on person-to-person, real-life conversations .