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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 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.