Americans Admit to Constant Mobile Connectivity
Mobile phones are also the first thing consumers reach for in the morning, ahead of their coffee, toothbrush, and significant other.Nearly four in 10 (38 percent) U.S. adult consumers never disconnect from their smartphones, according to a survey of 1,000 respondents released by Bank of America. The majority (71 percent) of respondents are sleeping with their smartphones, with nearly one-quarter (23 percent) admitting to falling asleep with their phone in their hand. Mobile phones (35 percent) are also the first thing consumers reach for in the morning, ahead of their coffee (17 percent), toothbrush (13 percent) and significant other (10 percent). "One of the most surprising findings to me from the report is the fact that only 7 percent of Americans say that they shut down entirely while on vacation," Michelle Moore, head of digital banking at Bank of America, told eWEEK. "Along similar lines, our study indicates people are reaching for their smartphones first thing in the morning, ahead of their coffee, toothbrush and significant other. This data underscores how essential smartphones have become to everyday life, and how perpetually plugged in we are." More than half (56 percent) said they would consider using person-to-person payments through a mobile banking app, and more than one-third (34 percent) said they would consider or already have used their smartphone to make a purchase at checkout.
More than six in 10 (63 percent) are using mobile check deposit, with adoption of this feature highest among older Millennials ages 25–34, as nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of the generation report using the feature.