I’m not sure why this is surprising people, but it is.
According to a new poll, 39 percent of Americans say their phone is their most important possession. Again, this is to the shock of like five people still clinging to their old flip phone that really doesn’t do much more than *gasp* call people.
The iPhone is still king among cell phone users, as 1 in 3 people plan on getting the new model this year. Despite the fact that there’s really not much difference from the model they got last year. And the year before that. And the year before that.
On top of that, WalletHub’s survey shows that 1 in 5 people think it’s worth going into debt to get the new model.
Experts believe the answer as to why we’re willing to do that is relatively easy to figure out: we’re addicted to our phones.
“Just like drug addiction, we cannot live without our phones,” James A. Robers, Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing, Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, said. “And, like other addictions, we are paying the price (literally and figuratively). Our phone use in the presence of others, phubbing (phone snubbing), is undermining the quality of our relations with friends, kids, and romantic partners. Our phone use also undermines our productivity at school and work. Surfing social media also undermines how we feel about ourselves. Lastly, our phone obsession also leads to lower physical activity and well-being.”
Another phone stat: 15 percent of Americans judge people if their phone looks old or outdated.
Well, screw you, 15 percent. I’m going to find the cheapest phone I can get my hands on just to spite you. And not at all because I can’t afford the new iPhone. That’s not the reason at all. Nope.
Even I can smell the FOMO on me.