10 things you would rather give up than your phone

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Quick: If you had to give up sex for a year or your phone for a year, what would you pick?

You kept your phone, didn’t you? Don’t worry, you’re definitely not alone! According to a recent survey by The Boston Consulting Group, one third of Americans would pick smartphones over sex—and a whole bunch of other things. Whether that’s because we love our phones or we hate sex is up for debate, but here are 10 things this survey (and other studies) have found people would do without if it meant they could keep their smartphone in their pocket.

Sex/Your significant other

Between video calls, sexting, and Snapchat, would you really even miss actually seeing your spouse?

Vacation time

What is a vacation, after all, if not an opportunity to post pool pics and hot dog legs to Instagram?

A car

You’re completely incapable of navigating the streets of the city you grew up in without your phone’s turn-by-turn directions, anyway.

A bed

Beds make sleep more comfortable. But these days we apparently feel most comfortable at night if we have a phone by our side.


Smartphones and alcohol don’t usually mix well. So if you have to choose one, it would be your smartphone, every time. Because without your phone you’d be drinking alone, and drinking alone means you have a problem…


You probably think you need a shot of espresso to even get out of bed in the morning. But you also need a shot of Facebook, Twitter, and all the work emails you inexplicably received during the night.

Face-to-face human contact

When’s the last time you hung out with a friend (not a coworker!) face-to-face? Do you even know how to hang out with people in person anymore?

Dining out

I’m pretty sure 100 percent of dining out these days is just taking pictures of your food.

One of your days off each week

Would you give up Saturdays for your phone? Yeah, you would, if it meant you could work from home. On your phone.


A recent study shows that cheese has the same addictive element as hard drugs. But you know what’s more addictive than heroin? Your phone.

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