A survey conducted by TeleNav recently revealed that a staggering 40% of iPhone users admit they would rather give up their toothbrush for a week than be without their phones. Moreover, an additional 22% of Android, Blackberry, and other smartphone users also agree with this type of scenario. But this is just the beginning– the following represents other real-life comparisons that smartphone users say they would rather give up than be parted from this technology for any given week:
- 20% would give up a computer
- 21% would give up shoes
- 28% would give up seeing their significant other
- 54% would give up exercise
- 55% would give up caffeine
- 63% would give up chocolate
- 70% would give up alcohol
Despite the fact that technology has become such a significant part of our lives, it does bring up a interesting point about what we truly value in terms of basic needs and/or overall priorities. Being in the dental industry, we’re aptly aware of the disconnect between the public and their view of oral health as an important factor of general well-being, but these statistics just go to show that other matters have indeed altered what we hold true as a necessity–despite not existing just a few short years ago.
For additional insight on this study, click here to view a table of the study’s overall results.