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Can Too Much Phone Usage Affect a Relationship?

Study finds more time spent on mobile can lead to troubled relationships

November 17, 2017 | Mobile | Media

According to a new survey of US mobile phone users from Deseret News and Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy (CSED) at Brigham Young University, the more time respondents spend on their devices, the more likely they are to report troubled relationships.

US Mobile Phone Users Who Report Relationship Trouble*, by Daily Time Spent with Their Phone, Aug 2017 (% of respondents)

In fact, 43% of respondents who said they spend between five and eight or more hours a day on their device acknowledged relationship trouble.

Those who spend less time felt less worrisome.

For example, 38% of respondents who spend two to four hours per day on mobile reported relationship trouble, while 28% of those who spend an hour or less with devices had problems with their significant others.

A recent study of US internet users from Deloitte, conducted by Ipsos MORI, took a look at consumers’ mobile habits and found that many are addicted to their devices.

The poll found that most respondents looked at their smartphone approximately 47 times per day, with younger users checking a lot more frequently—roughly 86 times a day.

And not only were a large share of respondents checking their devices first thing in the morning and last thing at night, but many also did so while in a business meeting, while crossing the road and while driving.

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