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Addiction to smartphones is growing

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Who do you cuddle up with at the end of a long day?

If you’re like most Canadians, it’s not a “who” but a “what.”

The latest Rogers Innovation Report shows 62 per cent of us need to have our smartphone next to us. There’s actually a name for the fear that’s caused by being seperated from the gadget, it’s called “Nomophobia.”

The report also claims over 50 per cent of Canadians sleep with their smartphone, and 82 per cent text, surf the web, and talk with friends while on the toilet. It also suggests you’ll watch more TV and movies on the net and 65 per cent of us believe we’ll eventually be able to move from room-to-room without missing a single second of our favorite show, movie, or game.

“Consumers are absolutely passionate about their online connections. And, that’s only expected to increase as technology advances,” says Reade Barber, Vice President, Mobile and Fixed Internet at Rogers Communications. “From mobile banking and work flexibility, to downloading the latest e-book or watching the big game on the go, Canadians are doing more online today and will be even more connected in 2013 and beyond as they sign up for the fastest Internet speeds and the latest connected technologies.”

Among other findings, we expect to save two hours everyday using our phones from home, cars, even the bathroom. We’re also keen on being able to use our own phone at work, with 72 per cent of Canadians believing their employers will allow them to use their own iPhone, BlackBerry or Android device on the job. In fact, almost 60 per cent of consumers believe that thanks to Cloud services and faster Internet connections, more of us will be able to work from home.