Last updated April 12, 2019
According to a report by Business Wire, the relationship Americans have with their cell phones rivals that which they have with friends and family – but the attachment is much shorter-lived.
According to a recent survey commissioned by the US based cell phone recycling company ReCellular, Americans are replacing human connection with Cell phone communication, taking cell phones everywhere we go – dinner table, bedroom, and even bathroom. This trend is especially prevalent among 18 to 34 year olds, with 40% of them saying that they sleep with their cell phones while 33% say they text while at the dinner table. Other statistics include:
• 87% say they would be lost without their cell phones, having very few numbers committed to memory.
• 53% say they often take their cell phones with them into the bathroom.
• 30% feel uncomfortable if their cell phone is not within easy reach.
• 28% say they spend more time texting and reading messages than they do making eye-to-eye contact with loved ones.
• 17% say they would rather lose their car keys than their cell phone.
But while the love affair with communication via cell phone is a strong one, attachment to a particular handset is short-lived, with 55% of the Americans surveyed saying they had replaced either their phone or someone else’s in the last 12 months. Once replaced, old handsets tend to end up in a drawer or thrown away; which puts Americans behind in adopting a more-ecological friendly mode of disposal – the cell recycle. Recycling cell phones can not only provide a bit of extra spending cash, it works towards preventing unwanted toxic wastes reaching food and water sources.