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Four out of five Italian women 'addicted' to smartphones

Some 29% check messages while having sex, says survey

21 May, 13:09
Four out of five Italian women 'addicted' to smartphones (ANSA) - Rome, May 21 - Four out of five Italian women admit to being inseparable from their smartphones to the point of "addiction," a survey published on alfemminile.com said on Tuesday.

The poll by aufeminin group, in collaboration with eBay, interviewed 3,000 women in Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Belgium, Spain and Portugal.

Some 73% of Italian women polled said that they have "only one smartphone," while 13% have more than one.

Only 12% of Italian women consider their smartphone a fashion item and change it annually compared to 15% in Europe, while 67% said that they only replace their devices if broken or lost.

However, 83% of Italian women confessed to being "exceedingly attached" to their phones, compared to 81% in the rest of Europe, although one out of three admits that it is a source of stress and prevents unplugging from work. Some 23% cannot withstand being separated from their devices for more than an hour compared to 14% of their European counterparts and another 23% said they check their phones every half hour compared to 18% in Europe.

About 14% said that they feel compelled to check their phone at least every 5 minutes compared to 9% in Europe. Italian women are undaunted phone users, even in romantic situations.

Only 46% restrain from consulting their devices during a date compared to 53% in the rest of Europe, while 29% admit to checking their phones during sex compared to 17% of their European counterparts.

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