Survey: 31% say ‘a few hours’ is the longest they could be without their smartphone

31% of Americans say they think “the longest amount of time” that they could be without their smartphones “for personal use” is simply “a few hours.”

While research has found that we’re so obsessed with our phones, we emotionally connect to them, it makes sense that we like to have them close by at all times.

New results from YouGov show that 31% of Americans say they think “the longest amount of time” that they could be without their smartphones “for personal use” is simply “a few hours.” Millennials were defined as people born anywhere between 1982 and 1999, Generation X-ers were people born between 1965 and 1981, and lastly, Baby Boomers were those born between 1946 and 1964.

How long people could be away from their phones

Thirty-two percent of all surveyed said that they “never check their phone while on a date,” while 24% admitted to doing so once or twice.

But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a strong appetite for our phones. Respondents weighed in on “the longest amount of time” that they could not have their smartphones “for personal use.”

  • “A few hours:” 31%
  • “A full day:” 17%
  • “A few days:” 13%
  • “More than a year:” 10%
  • “An hour or less:” 8%
  • “A week:” 5%
  • “A few weeks:” 4%

But where work is concerned, 53% said that they “never” look at what’s going on with their phones while in a meeting lasting 30 minutes.

Where Americans’ smartphones are during sleep

  • “On my bed next to me:” 17% of all respondents, 24% millennials
  • “Directly next to my bed (nighstand or table):” 42% of all respondents, 46% of millennials
  • “Somewhere else in my room:” 11% of all respondents, 16% of millennials
  • “In a different room:” 22% of all respondents, 7% of millennials

Millennials clearly aren’t fans of having their phones in another room while they’re getting some shuteye.

Twenty-three percent of respondents said that they “always” use their phones for functions other than the alarm clock “within the first 10 minutes of waking up,” like apps and the Internet.

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.