Let Me Ask You A Question – 5/13/17

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Working in the digital world exposes me to stats that sometimes blow my mind.  Did you know that the research firm Dscout found the average American touches their smartphone over 2,000 per day?  And that the phone is only out of arms reach for 30 minutes per day?  So, let me ask you a question…

How many times per day is your phone out of reach?  

67 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 5/13/17

  1. The poor thing is usually in my purse dead. If it is not, it is close by, but it will go dead more often than not. It just isn’t a huge need for me. My house phone is always near me, but not my cell phone.

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  2. I would say my phone is out of reach at least 90% of the time but most of the time in my handbag or lost somewhere in the house. I’ve never been a cell phone person and maybe I should, my daughters always get down on me for that. I check my phone in the morning when I wake up and at night before going to bed, don’t ask me why, just force of habit because Scotland is 5hrs ahead of home so if anyone contacts me it will be sometime during the night.

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  3. My primary phone is within arms reach only when I sit at my desk or (the extension) when I’m in bed. Its a land line phone. I only generally carry my plain old dumb cell phone when I’m going out of town, and I hardly ever give out that number, and only turn it on to make a call. I don’t own a smart phone. Maybe its partly from having spent a lot of time on call, interrupt-able by a pager anywhere and any time day or night with only minutes to respond. Maybe I’ll get a smart phone when I can get one that will run the same Linux system as my desktop machine that I configure, secure, and control, not Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, or some other Borg that wants to become my only gateway to the world, and mostly, sell me stuff and sell my information. Why would I want any of them to know where I am every minute of every day? Am I a curmudgeon? In this respect, probably so.

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  4. To be honest, almost never. At night, it is charging next to my bed and when I’m at work, it is sitting next on my desk. To be honest, the only real time it is not with me is when eating dinner and on the weekends.

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  5. mine is usually out of reach while I’m working so I’m not distracted. it’s always inside whenever I’m working outside. and it’s usually on the kitchen counter at night when I’m sleeping.

    I wonder if the attitude about how close one keeps it is a generational thing? I’m curious if there is any info on that.

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  6. As often as possible. I found myself constantly distracted. It changed the way I watched movies and interacted with people. Now I try to leave the house without it on the weekend. This worked back in the day when we didn’t have cell phones. Things have not become more urgent in my mind.

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  7. You know, I think it would be an interesting question to ask when did people get their first cell phone. I put that one off for a long as I could because I did not want to give my employer that kind of access to me.

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