PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It seems like most young people are attached to their smartphones, and now a report out of the United Kingdom found some would rather share their a toothbrush than their phone.
The report found fewer than one in 20 of those between the ages of 18 and 24 would allow a close friend to access their smartphone, but almost one in 10 would allow a friend to use their toothbrush.
The most popular reason why they wouldn’t share their phones was because they didn’t want anyone access to their personal messages.
Not wanting others to view their personal photos was another major reason for refusing to share.
However, it’s not only young people attached to their phones. The study found across the population as a whole, one in five people said they couldn’t last a single day without their phone.
The report also found twenty percent admit to falling asleep with their phone in their hands, and four out of five say they reach for their phone to keep occupied.
The report indicates that smartphones make people feel more confident, with 13 percent saying they feel they better express themselves on the phone compared to talking to someone in person.
Lastly, the report found nearly one in 10 of 18 to 24-year-olds name their phone as their best friend, and a quarter would describe their phone as ‘an extra limb.’