According to a study conducted on behalf of Kaspersky Labs, men can barely leave their phones alone while women show a bit more restraint.
“An experiment conducted on behalf of Kaspersky Lab by the Universities of Würzburg and Nottingham-Trent found that participants left in a waiting room on their own lasted an average of just 44 seconds before touching their smartphones,” Kaspersky Lab said in a statement.
“Men couldn’t even manage half of this time, waiting an average of only 21 seconds compared to women at 57 seconds.”
The actions don’t correlate with perceptions though – with most participants thinking they had last touched their phone just two to three minutes before.
“The experiment suggests that people are far more attached to these devices than they realise and it has become second nature to turn to our smartphones when left alone with them. We do not just wait anymore,” Jens Binder from the University of Nottingham Trent said.
Can scientists blame us though? Why sit in a doctor’s office, bored, trying to ignore the usual wailing child, when you could be catching Pokemon or reading up on interesting topics on the web?
However, all this phone time isn’t necessarily good for us. The study found that the more we use our phones, the more stressed we are. But it doesn’t affect overall happiness.