Smartphone Use During Sex: One In Five Young People Do It

on July 12, 2013 1:04 PM EDT

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Almost one in ten people check their smartphone during sex, a new survey finds. (Photo: Flickr: stoichiometry)

Nearly one in ten people use their smartphone during sex, according to a new survey commissioned by mobile payments company Jumio. The number jumps even higher when only looking at the 18-34 age group, to one out of five people.

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The survey, somewhat disappointingly, does not specify in what capacity people used smartphones during sex.

The survey of 2,000 people found that nearly three out of four American smartphone users are almost always within five feet of their phone. Somehow, 12 percent of smartphone users even manage to use their phone while in the shower, the study says.

"People view their smartphones as an extension of themselves, taking them everywhere they go--even the most unorthodox places--from the shower to their commute, from the dinner table to the bedroom," said Marc Barach, chief marketing and strategy officer at Jumio.

This isn't the first survey to show that people use smartphones during sex. A 2011 survey in Australia showed that 2.8 percent of respondents looked at Facebook and other social networks during everything from foreplay to sexual intercourse.

In another 2011 survey, this time in the U.S., one in three respondents said they'd prefer to go without sex rather than give up their smartphone.

In the same survey, one in five people said they'd rather go without shoes for a week rather than their smartphone.       

The Jumio study also found that 55 percent of respondents admitted to using their smartphones while driving.  

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