A new report by Retrevo Gadgetology has shown that a substantial number of under-25 year olds would interrupt vital tasks, including sex, to respond to a text message.
The findings show that 22 percent of the under-25 bracket would text during a meeting, 49 percent would stop eating to send a text, and a surprising 24 percent would text while on the loo. Even more shocking is that 11 percent would interrupt sex to send bad English to a friend.
Over-25s were not quite as bad, with the numbers being 11 percent during a meeting, 27 percent while eating, 12 percent on the loo, and only 6 percent in the sack with your lover. Or potentially ex-lover if they find you texting a mate during intercourse.
Retrevo co-founder Manish Rathi said his company started asking these questions because it wanted to know how social media is contributing to gadget buying and usage.
Even those who are just planning a good kip are not immune to the texting bug, with a whopping 48 percent, or 76 percent in under-25s, admitting to checking Facebook or Twitter when they should be counting sheep. Even 19 percent of those who wake up during the night can’t resist checking their social notsleeping sites.
On waking 18 percent of under-25s check the news online before getting out of bed, compared to only 8 percent of those over 25. That number jumps to 28 percent for iPhone users, who, according to these results, bring their phones everywhere and use them as often as possible.
16 percent use only Facebook or Twitter to find out what’s going on in the world. That might explain why so many people are so woefully uninformed. Rathi believes they won’t replace normal news sources, but may play an equal role, especially with breaking news as we’ve seen.
Nearly half of all users would take a long time before checking in on their social notworking sites, but 18 percent of under-25s would check in every couple of hours.
Retrevo even asked how many people have added their parents or children on Facebook, with 48 percent answering yes. TechEye staff believe 95 percent of these are to find out what their kids are up to.
The study also found that most parents would restrict their children from having a Facebook or similar account until they are a teenager, with 30 percent saying between the ages 13-15, 36 percent between 16-18, and 26 percent over 18. Only 8 percent believed under-13s should have a Facebook page.
Even disciplining children is changing, with 47 percent having a chat, 27 percent grounding them, 22 percent cutting their TV time, 15 percent banning their mobile, 18 percent restricting their net access, and 12 percent chopping their social media usage. That’ll show ’em.
Andrew Eisner, Retrevo’s Director of Community & Content, said “you have to wonder if these people aren’t suffering from some sort of addiction to social media.” We wonder that as well.