We’d rather have our smartphones than sex?

How dependent are you on technology? A new survey by Harris Interactive offers a bit of a chilling answer. As per the study, U.S. adults would prefer to do without sex than without their technology.

More tech please!

The Harris survey charted the percentage of adults who stated that they could not live without certain items. Food — a wise choice — topped the list, with 73 percent of adults saying they could not live without it. A total of 42 percent of respondents said that they couldn’t live without their cars, the second-place answer. The next four top answers were all tech products. And respondents deemed each of these tech products as being more important than sex.

The numbers

According to the survey, 20 percent of U.S. adults said that they could not live without sex. That trailed the percentage who said that they couldn’t live without television (23 percent), their computers or laptops (24 percent), mobile phones (26 percent) and Internet access (28 percent).


What does the Harris survey mean? To many it means that technology has become an important part of our lives, connecting us to our friends, family, entertainment, news and information. To others, it shows that tech has seized way too much of our lives, cutting us out of what was previously considered normal human interaction. The real question is, how do you view the results? And how dependent are you on Internet access and your mobile devices?

Posted on: 03.28.14