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Cell Phone Addiction Is Wrecking Love Lives: 20% of Young Adults Use Phones During Sex

Update Date: Jul 12, 2013 03:19 PM EDT
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Cell phone addiction is a real problem, according to a new survey.

Despite public warnings and laws about texting and calling while driving, a new survey of 1,102 participants revealed that 55 percent of respondents admit to using their cell phones behind the wheel.

What's more, cell phone addiction seems to extend beyond daily boredom and into to the bedroom. The survey revealed that 20 percent of young adults and 10 percent of those over the age of 34 continue using their cell phones during sex.  The survey also found that 12 percent of people even use their cell phones in the shower, according to the Daily Mail.

The poll found that more than a third of respondents say they always check their phone at the cinema and 19 percent admit to checking their emails and social media sites during religious services.

Even trying to impress a potential suitor will not stop people from checking their phones, with 33 percent admitting to using their phones during a dinner date.

Researchers found that parents are also guilty of obsessive cell phone use with 32 percent of parents admitting to using their phones during their children's school functions.

The poll found that most people are always closely guarding their phones with 72 percent of people reporting that they are always within five feet of their mobile device.

When asked how their addictive cell phone behavior was affecting their life, a large proportion of respondents admitted that their mobile device was "cramping their love life" and 12 percent said their constant phone checking was causing problems in their relationships.

"People view their smartphones as an extension of themselves," said Marc Barach, chief marketing and strategy officer at Jumio, the tech company that commissioned the survey, according to the Daily Mail.  "[They take] them everywhere they go - even the most unorthodox places - from the shower to their commute, from the dinner table to the bedroom."

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