Just How Connected Are You?

A press release that Nokia sent out overnight caught my eye:

More than half of working Americans – 53 percent – have been interrupted by a work-related phone call or email while in the bathroom…. Twenty-four percent have allowed a call or email to interrupt them while in the throes of passion, and 23 percent while on a date. That may be because most working Americans – 59 percent – never turn off their mobile device.

Nokia claims that these numbers (collected from an online survey) are representative of US adults with a 4.4% margin of error. Of course, they have a technology pitch for tools that are supposed to help you maintain a better work-life balance, but it’s those raw numbers that fascinate me.

Are any of you readers really that attached to your mobile devices, and that worried about missing things? Personally, I don’t even let phone calls interrupt dinner, let alone more private moments. Am I unusual in this regard? Just over-the-hill and out of touch with whatever the current generation of workers is doing? Or is it just possible that the original survey data is flawed?


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