Forget Sexting: 9% of Americans Claim to Have Actual Sex While Texting

Some 20% of Americans ages 18 to 34 multitask this way too

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Sometimes the heat of the moment isn’t just enough to fully unplug. According to the 2013 Mobile Consumer Habits study conducted by Harris Interactive for mobile company Jumio, most Americans don’t like parting with their significant other — their smartphone.

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Some 9% admitted to using their phone during the throes of passion. Among the 18-34 age group, that figure shot up to 20%. Three out of four Americans prefer to be within five feet of their device most of their time.

“It’s no wonder people in relationships feel like their phones are cramping their love life — 12% of respondents in a relationship said they believe their smart phone gets in the way of that relationship,” the study pointed out.

Others admitted to using cell phones in other places, such as on a dinner date (33%), in a place of worship (19%), and even while they were in the shower (12%). Thirty-five percent of participants also admitted to using their cell phone in a movie theater, while 55% confessed to texting while driving.

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