Experiment shows people can’t ignore their phones for even a minute

How often do you check your phone? Can you manage to wait for one, two or five minutes before picking it up?

An experiment conducted on behalf of Kaspersky Lab by the Universities of Würzburg and Nottingham-Trent has found out how long men and women can wait until they touch their smartphones. The study involved 56 female participants and 39 male participants aged 19 to 56 years old from Germany and the United Kingdom.


The 95 participants were asked to wait alone in a room for 10 minutes. They were secretly filmed in order to see how long before they touched their phones. Results showed both male and female participants couldn’t last more than a minute.

Female participants lasted an average of 44 seconds while men only managed to wait for an average of 21 seconds.

Further studies carried out by the universities revealed that the culprit for such compulsion is FOMO or fear of missing out on something when not online.

“Smartphones are an integral part of our lives today, but we need to remember that they are a commodity that people often take for granted. Having them around all the time often makes us forget how valuable they actually are because of the personal memories and other data they hold,” said David Emm of Kaspersky Lab.

“These are not only valuable and precious to us, but also to criminals. If our personal information was to become compromised in any way, either from theft or a malware attack, we would risk losing our connection to friends and sources of information,” he added.

Written by mmalabanan

Mini is a work-at-home mom from Laguna. Aside from writing, she's passionate about breastfeeding and homeschooling.

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