How many days could you last without your mobile phone? According to a new report released by Bank of America, nearly half of the people surveyed (47 percent) said they wouldn’t last a day without their device.
The need for access to a mobile phone ranks higher than access to TV or coffee, according to the survey, conducted by Braun Research. The phone survey of 1,000 adults was conducted May 6-13. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Thirty-five percent of respondents said they check their phones constantly while 26 percent say they check it several times throughout the day. Thirteen percent said they hardly ever check their phone or only check it when they really need it.
Bank of America had the study done partly to show how much consumers increasingly are relying on their smartphones to make banking transactions. The bank found 82 percent of those surveyed access their bank accounts at least once a week and 31 percent log in at least once a day.
But the study is full of other findings:
• 28 percent of respondents said they could do without their phone for about a week, while 24 percent said they would feel naked without it after 24 hours.
• 45 percent would be willing to give up alcohol to get their phone back and 34 percent would give up chocolate (more men than women, however, would give up the chocolate).
• Among Millennials (ages 18-24), a phone is more important than social networking sites, a car, television, deodorant, and a toothbrush.
• Despite new laws against mobile phone use while driving, including in Georgia, 38 percent admit to checking their phone while behind the wheel.
Could you last a week without access to your phone or would you be a mess after 24 hours?