"In summary, many are willing to risk it all in order to keep the digital devices we hold so dear to us."
A 1,000 smartphone owners were surveyed by SimpleTexting, only to find out that some pet owners would rather give their pets up for a month than go without their phones. The online SMS marketing platform asked American smartphone users what sacrifices they would make to stay connected to people via their cellphones. The results were rather shocking because it was revealed that close to half the people surveyed would choose their phones over their pets. According to SimpleTexting's survey, 40% of survey participants said they would rather be separated from their dog for a month over their smartphone for a month.
A whopping 44% stated that they would prefer to stay away from their specific other for a month than give up their phones. 72% of them would give up wine than their phones and 64% said they'd give up coffee, instead. Shockingly, 56% of the respondents would give up sex than their phones. The website also reveals that 70% of respondents would sacrifice Netflix over their smartphones for a month, and 60% of respondents would give up all social media over their smartphones for a month. Even when asked if respondents would sacrifice all forms of entertainment (TV, music, and podcasts) for a month to keep their smartphones, 41% said yes.
That's like giving up on your favorite episode of FRIENDS to keep your phone with you. The company took this a step further and asked smartphone owners which pleasures they would sacrifice permanently to keep their smartphones permanently. While the majority of respondents weren’t willing to give up vacations permanently to keep their smartphones. That's when they found out that the majority of respondents (57%) would rather permanently stop shopping at the beloved retailers, Amazon & Target, than give up their smartphones permanently. Now, does this prove that we are, in fact, addicted to our mobile phones?
In summary, many are willing to risk it all in order to keep the digital devices we hold so dear to us. Luckily, most adult-aged Americans shouldn’t have to worry about threats of having their smartphones taken away. In 2020, we’ll continue to send more text messages, take more phone calls, download more mobile apps, and peruse more social media channels without the fear of intervention. But when it comes to picking a favorite child, several pets have made it to the list, beating their human sibling to it. A survey by OnePoll found out that while 78% considered dogs a part of their family, 34% shared that their dog was their favorite child. How cute is that?
People had several opinions on this which they shared on social media. Heidi Tinglestad wrote: I would give up any personal possessions I own and choose my fur baby, he’s family. Anyone that takes especially a phone over their animal doesn’t deserve to have one in the first place. Dana Wilhelm wrote: If you thought of your pet as a member of your family, you would never give them up!! They should be one of your first thoughts during fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes!! Give them the love that they give you! Shawn Bassett added: The fact this is even an article shows how horrible people really are ..that the addiction to your phone is greater than the love for your dog. If you can give up your dog over texting on your phone you don't deserve a dog.