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The smartphone: indispensable for two thirds of users

Bitkom-Grafik: Which device cannot you do without?
Image: bitkom.org For most users, smartphones have become an indispensable companion. Almost two thirds of the owners (61 percent) stated in a survey that they “couldn't do without” the device. For younger people under 30, the figure is as high as 74 percent. This means that smartphones are far more important to their users than other high-tech devices such as conventional cell phones, laptops or desktop PCs. Only tablets are equally important. This was the result of a survey of a good thousand people that the opinion research institute Aris carried out in cooperation with Bitkom Research in Germany. "In a very short time, the smartphone has become the most important companion in everyday private and professional life," says Bitkom Managing Director Dr. Bernhard Rohleder. Bitkom-Grafik: Which device cannot you do without?
Image: bitkom.org According to the survey, only 5 percent of users can "easily" do without their smartphone, 16 percent "rather" and 18 percent "rather not".

"Smartphones are important drivers of digital change ?, says Rohleder. According to Bitkom, they will change the transport, health and finance sectors, among other things, through new applications. Many consumers want to replace their wallets with the so-called mobile wallet on their smartphones. One in seven (14 percent) can imagine giving up their wallet entirely and only paying with their smartphones.

According to current Bitkom data, smartphones are now used more than conventional cell phones. Currently, 55 percent of all German citizens aged 14 and over use a smartphone at least occasionally. A year ago it was only 41 percent of citizens. A classic mobile phone is used by 52 percent of the population every now and then. This value has decreased slightly compared to the previous year. Smartphones are particularly popular with young people: 84 percent of 12 to 13-year-olds have such a device, with 16 to 18-year-olds the figure is as high as 88 percent. According to a recent study by the University of Bonn, young people spend an average of around three hours a day on their smartphones. The smartphone activity of around 500 people was examined, mostly between the ages of 17 and 23 years. Mainly Facebook and WhatsApp are used.

Constant availability is stressful

In this context, it is interesting that the constant availability associated with the increasing use of smartphones, tablets and cell phones is viewed with great skepticism. This was the result of another representative survey that FORSA carried out on behalf of the GEO magazine on the subject of "praise for nothing". Of all age groups, only the 14 to 29-year-olds believe that the possibility of being available at any time and being able to reach others is more useful than harmful. Even among this generation that grew up with technology, more than a third (36 percent) feel that constant availability is harmful.

It is also exciting what the respondents answered when asked how best to switch off and forget about all worries. Obviously, this works best in nature. 86 percent of those surveyed were able to reduce stress there. Followed in second and third place: walking (77 percent) and listening to music (75 percent). Amazingly, almost one in six people (16 percent) can switch off while at work. Those who are about to retire and who probably do their jobs with a lot of routine succeed in doing this particularly well.