We're young, we're mobile and we're addicted

Susi Weaser Tech 3 Comments

Giving up stuff sucks. I’m not a great one for self-denial, and Lent seems to just pass me by (I was going to make some lame joke about Passover there, but meh..) but the results of a Carphone Warehouse survey got me a little afraid.

Clearly I’m reliant on my phone – 5 days at Glastonbury and one shonky battery taught me that. And potentially, yes, I’m over reliant on it (you shouldn’t shake when you plug your phone in to charge after a day of radio silence, should you?). But I hope I’m not the one of the 22% of 16-24 year olds (yeah, ok, I only scrape in) who wouldn’t give up their mobile for £1 million. Seriously. A million pounds? You could build a telepathic brain for that.

It was a scary survey overall. Out of the 1,250 adults interviewed, the thing people would least like to give up is tea and coffee (31%) with sex coming in second (20%). What does this teach me? I am drinking at the wrong coffee houses.

There were some interesting stats on what ‘the kids’ do with their mobile. Apparently, the average yoof sends and receives about 10 texts a day (I’m going to say that I don’t get that many cos I’m on email all day). And boys are looking for functionality where as the girls are looking for style. We kind of knew that….

If you want to find out just what the world is up to on their phones, you can check out the full report here.

But without a doubt the highlight of this survey, was the explanation of what the kids of today are saying and what they mean. Locking off, anyone? Apparently, it’s rejecting a call from someone you don’t want to speak to. Flashing? Nope, not that. It’s calling someone but ending it before they answer. Pay as you go people are BIG offenders of that.

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By Susi Weaser | June 26th, 2007

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  • Eileen

    I’d definitely give up my mobile for 1 million pounds..

  • http://www.shinyshiny.tv Orla Doherty

    I’d give my phone up for a grand!
    I used to be a total addict but i’m very much reformed now since I’ve had to face the loss of about 5 phones in the past two years. All but one my own fault as well. Once you spend about a month without one you start to rely less and I find the lack of contact soothing sometimes.

    Giving up the internet however…

  • fiona fumbleton

    a million quid? yes please!!! you have to be insane to chose a mobile over a life changing million quid – what’s wrong with people, talk about being short sighted…and giving up sex, really…I think not!!! ;-)