Everyone once in a while, we need a reminder that we are indeed living in one long, dark Black Mirror episode — and today that reminder comes in the form of some very worrying data about how much we use our phones before bed.
A survey from Asurion, a global tech solutions company, asked 2,000 U.S. adults who live with their spouse or partner about their phone habits. They found the number one activity people participated in before going to sleep was using their phone. Not sex, not chatting with their partner, not reading a book — but using their phone. In fact, around 25 percent of respondents said that their phone was the last thing they saw before they closed their eyes. Charlie Brooker can indeed see the future.
Despite report after report saying that we're on our phone too much, we don't seem to be able to kick the habit. Phubbing, the phenomenon of ignoring someone for your phone, is rife — and it may be that phones are affecting how our brains work on a more basic level. "Mobile phones can have a negative impact on our attention span, as well as our ability to open up and communicate with others,” David Brudö, co-founder and CEO at mental wellbeing and personal development app Remente, tells Bustle.
And, as the data from Asurion shows, phone use is certainly affecting our love life. Here's what else they found.