Feb. 8, 2013 at 5:04 PM ET
Even as someone who has been at the receiving end of the "I can't believe you are reaching for your phone right now!" glare once or twice — in the last 24 hours alone — I still couldn't help but cringe when I heard that 74 percent of people find it acceptable to reach for their iPads right after, ahem, being intimate with someone.
Have our gadget addictions really gotten to this point?
The statistic comes from a survey commissioned by accessory maker Logitech. A firm called Wakefield Research conducted the survey, interviewing 2,000 single adults over the age of 18 in the U.S., the U.K., Germany and France.
The survey revealed that 43 percent of single U.S.-based respondents would be equally upset about breaking their iPads as they would be about breaking up with a significant other. (Compare that to 27 percent of the German respondents. Guess they're more romantic.) Hang on though! It gets even worse: Over a third of the U.S.-based respondents — 37 percent, if you want to be precise — said that they would rather spend the "morning after" a date with their iPads rather than, well, the prior night's date.
Of course, according to the same survey, 93 percent of the U.S.-based respondents use their tablets in bed, in general. And 27 percent even admit that they've managed to damage a tablet or smartphone while being naughty with a partner. We'll leave the rest of that detail to the imagination or file it in the "TMI" category for now.
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