Huffington Post and Real Simple recently polled over 3000 women and found that technology plays an essential part in women’s lives but also reveals a complex relationship that we have with our tech devices, namely our smartphones. Here are some of the findings:
“76% of respondents say they check their smartphones at least once an hour. Of those, almost half sneak a peek every 15 minutes (or even more frequently).” – Guilty
“64% say no one ever complained.” – At first, I found this hard to believe but then realize that even though I get a horrible feeling inside when my friends or colleagues are looking down at their smartphones while we’re in conversation, I don’t think I’ve ever once said anything about it to them.
I think we have to be more vocal when someone we’re with is essentially ignoring us – perhaps unwittingly – and engrossed in their devices.
“47% keep their smartphones on their nightstands so they can check them first thing in the morning. Five percent sleep with their phones in their beds.” – Guilty
“3 in 4 women admit they’ve texted while driving. Thirty-nine percent say they wait for a red light to text.” – Guilty
“80% have considered taking themselves off Facebook, Twitter, or another social-media platform at some point, and 41 percent of those have gone through with it. Why? Too much drama or I didn’t care about hearing other people’s random thoughts.” – Personally, I’ve pared back my usage bit by bit, and it has nothing to do with drama or other people but rather my own ability to find time to be productive and creative and present in my own life.
And I’ve pinpointed “unplugging” or “disconnecting to reconnect” as a Tech Trend for 2014.
I’m looking forward to checking out Camp Grounded – a “Summer Camp for Adults” in June 2014 where you “trade in your computer, cell phone, Instagrams, clocks, schedules and work-jargon for an off-the-grid weekend of pure unadulterated fun.” See you there?
What are your feelings about technology? What are you technology habits?