More than half of Australians can’t live without their phones.
Australia has the second highest smartphone usage by population density, second to Singapore.
A Galaxy Research survey of 1004 people found 48 per cent of people have been interrupted by their phones during sex and 92 per cent of people find it hard to detach themselves from their phones when engaged in other activities. For example, 53 per cent use their phones on the toilet.
A vox pop by the Newsroom confirmed that Australians are married to their phones.
“I used to read my book or the newspaper on the toilet and now I can get all that on my iPhone,” 40-year-old Nash Bali from Ashfield said.
Rajeen Lewis, 19, of Narremburn, takes his smart phone into the bathroom for inspiration.
“The toilet’s where I do some of my best work,” he said.
The Galaxy research, commissioned by Tourism and Events Queensland, also showed that 55 per cent of Australians believe they cannot live without their phones for 24 hours and that 65 per cent keep their phone within arms reach during the day.
Following the report, the Sunshine Coast Council has introduced Australia’s first smartphone code of conduct to encourage holidaymakers to get off their phones and live in the moment.
The code covers everything from restaurants to taxi interiors. All major attractions and a number of hotels are introducing “unplugged zones” to persuade tourists to use their phones wisely. So far, no one has considered venturing beyond the public domain and into bathrooms and bedrooms.
Smartphone internet usage is tipped to surpass desktop usage by 2015. – Noah La’ulu
Top photo by Victoria Kerridge of the Newsroom.