Women obsessed with smartphones, says survey

WOMEN are more inclined to obsessive behaviours than men when utilising their smartphones, new research has shown.
A consumer admiring a smartphone. Net photo.
A consumer admiring a smartphone. Net photo.

WOMEN are more inclined to obsessive behaviours than men when utilising their smartphones, new research has shown.

A global survey of smartphone usage carried out by technology firm Cisco indicates that 85 per cent of women compulsively check their phones for e-mail, SMS and social media updates.

This is in comparison to 63 per cent of men who reported similar compulsions.

“Of those compulsive smart phone users, 60 per cent wish they didn’t feel so compelled,” notes the report in part.

Further, the Cisco Connected World Technology report shows that smartphone usage has become a crucial part of the daily routines of young people aged 18—30, also known as Generation Y.

90 per cent of these young people check their mobile phones before eating, dressing or brushing their teeth in the morning.

Two out of five young people surveyed feel “anxious” if they cannot check their smart phones constantly.

The study was carried out among 1,800 university students and young professionals in 18 countries including South Africa, India and China.

1,800 Information Technology (IT) professionals were also polled in the survey carried out by InsightExpress on behalf of Cisco. Kenya was not one of the countries surveyed.

Cisco says that smartphones have surpassed desktop computers and laptops as the preferred devices for completing work.

Cisco claims that smartphones are now twice as popular as desktop computers and three times as popular as tablets.

 

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