CBS Local — Most people won’t be shocked to hear that millennials enjoy texting, but a new survey is putting a sky-high number on just how many young adults worldwide would rather text than talk to someone right next to them.
When it comes to correspondence, what’s the best way to reach you?
“Through text messaging,” said Sarah Travattoni of Philadelphia.
“I’d say texting, too,” added Erin Pealer.
Business solutions firm LivePerson has released the results of a poll that talked to 4,000 18 to 34-year-olds across the globe to find out how much of their lives are being lived out digitally. The vast majority of millennials and younger adults (Generation Z) in England, Germany, Australia, Japan, France, and the U.S. said they’d rather talk to someone online than in person. In the United States, nearly 74 percent of respondents would rather send a text message instead of having a conversation in person.
“What we see in the research data is the phone truly becoming an extension of the self, and the platforms and apps within it— digital life— occupying more than their offline interactions,” LivePerson’s head of communication Rurik Bradbury said in the release.
“It’s just easier if you’re in middle of something,” said Pealer.
“It gives you the freedom to respond when you can,” said Travattoni.
The survey also found that younger people across the globe are becoming more dependent on their smartphones in both public and private settings. Sixty-two percent said they’d rather leave their wallet at home than forget their phone. Seventy percent sleep with their phone within arm’s reach and 65 percent admitted to using their mobile device while in the bathroom.
As the world moves further into the digital age, the poll found that what’s considered socially acceptable is changing too. Over 40 percent of young adults said it was appropriate to use their phone while having dinner with others.
Nearly one-third of millennials also believed that there was nothing wrong with stopping a conversation to answer their phone.