The smartphone is more important than the kidneys

OnePlus scan The smartphone is more important than the kidneys

The fact that the smartphone has become an important companion is nothing new. But it is interesting how important a mobile phone really is for one or the other. Would you rather let go of your kidneys instead of your smartphone?

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In Europe, 5% would rather give up their partner rather than their cell phone.

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The Coronavirus pandemic has made smartphones of great value to many people – and in some cases they are seen as more important than their partners. This was at least the result of a survey conducted by OnePoll for OnePlus among 9,000 smartphone users in Europe, which questioned how the lockdown affected mobile phone use.

The study found that more than 95% sleep with their smartphones in the same room, nearly eight in ten sleep easily at all times, and 77% check it for the first time within 15 minutes of waking up.

Users also want their chargers to be close at hand. 43% charge their smartphone two or more times a day. More than 170 respondents across Europe stated that they had powered their smartphones five or more times within 24 hours. The survey also showed that Germans tend to hang their smartphones on a charging cable late in the European comparison – only when the battery level is between 11 and 20 percent.

A smartphone is more important to Germans than a college or partner

The participants also provided strange answers to the question of what they would exchange with their smartphones: 44 German participants said they would rather give up one of their kidneys than a smartphone, a higher percentage than those in France and Italy combined. Across Europe, up to five percent would rather abandon their partner rather than their cell phone. However, there are big regional differences: 13 percent of Finns prefer to do without their cars, 44 percent of Dutch prefer chocolate and 31 percent of French prefer TV. Less than 2% of Italians prefer a smartphone over their partner – the lowest number in Europe.

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Increased smartphone use due to lockdown

The survey also found that smartphone use has risen across the continent, with more than seven in ten respondents using their cell phones more than before since the lockdown began. Young people from three countries in particular said they spent much more time in front of a screen in 2020 – 55 percent in France, 56 percent in Italy, and 51 percent in Spain.

Nomophobia is increasing

OnePlus also asked young people whether “sleep phobia”, a recognized ailment that describes the fear of not having a working cell phone, occurs in shutdown. The results are clear: the British are the ones most frightened. 32 percent will diagnose sleep phobia on their own – more than any other European country. 30 percent of those questioned from Spain also said they suffered from a phobia. In Germany, roughly 25 percent agreed with this statement.

The survey also found that young people are regularly at risk of phobias. Thirteen percent don’t respond to a message to save battery, while only 7 percent take no action to prevent their phones from turning off. Few youth use alternatives such as asking a stranger to use their phone (9%) or considering a public phone (6%).

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Brooke Vargas

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