Brits would rather give up sex and booze for a month in place of mobile service and Wi-Fi, according to new research.
Sex and booze both appear on a list of ten things that mobile-obsessed Brits would give up for service, including going out and watching the TV!
Many people admit they’re becoming addicted, with the average adult saying 19 hours is the longest he or she can be parted from their mobile phone before feeling “miserable”.
Over a third (36 per cent) confess they spend too much on their mobile, laptop or tablet, and a third said they choose locations to visit or events to attend because the resulting photographs will enhance their social media profile.
Quite apart from the psychological dependence on technology, many have suffered actual physical injury because of it. One in five has bumped into someone because they were so preoccupied with their hand-held device, and one in seven has tripped or fallen while texting or walked into a pole or wall.
And to add insult to injury, millions of people regularly transgress social etiquette by texting in the cinema during a film (22 per cent), during a wedding (18 per cent), in church (six per cent), and even during sex (three per cent).
The poll of 2,000 UK adults was conducted by IntrepidTravel.com, which has launched a new range of four ‘digital detox’ adventures for people wanting to wean themselves off their dependence on technology.
Michael Edwards, UK managing director of Intrepid Travel, which has been taking people on adventure holidays for 27 years, said: “We have taken four of Intrepid Travel’s most popular tours and created one-off departures that are completely free from technology. This means no mobile phones, laptops, or cameras.
“On these trips to Ecuador, Thailand, Morocco or India, we want to give our travellers the chance to disconnect from their devices and experience a destination for real, not from behind a camera.
“Without all that time spent searching for Wi-Fi or updating Facebook, people will have a chance to connect with their fellow travellers, the local people and the destination itself.”