SOURCE: RingCentral

April 01, 2011 08:00 ET

RingCentral Survey Shows People Find Their Smartphone Sexier Than Their Spouse

Growing Obsession With Smartphones Stimulates Economy but Divides Couples

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - April 1, 2011) - An astounding 84% of women find their smartphones sexier than their spouses, according to the findings of a nationwide survey conducted by RingCentral, the leader in cloud-based business phone systems. America's smartphone obsession is being driven by the insatiable need for 24/7 access to the latest lifestyle and gaming apps and is taking a significant toll on the nation's relationships, the survey found.

RingCentral's survey sheds light on the addiction level that everyday consumers have to their smartphones, significantly impacting their interpersonal relationships. The large majority (77%) of respondents noted that smartphone use has significantly encroached on quality time with their significant others. Of those, 82% acknowledged that the decrease in quality time didn't bother them, saying the decrease in quality time translated to a decrease in arguments simply because there's less time and opportunity. Many also stated that the endless supply of accessories available to "dress up" their smartphone has been a distraction from their partner. 

"Since getting my smartphone, I've noticed that I spend more and more time playing Words with Friends and other games and less time talking to my husband about his day," said Jane Smith, wife of John Smith and sometimes-devoted mother of two. "I play against my husband a lot -- that counts as quality time, doesn't it?"

Other key findings of the survey include:

  • 72% of women think their smartphones have a better golf game then their husbands. "Smartphones look better in plaid and don't come back from the course smelling like bourbon and cigars," said one respondent.
  • On average, respondents spend roughly nine hours a day playing with their smartphones (mostly during working meetings, they noted) and only 27 minutes a day talking with their significant others. Twenty-five of those minutes are usually spent on deciding what's for dinner.
  • 81% of smartphone users said that they would rather be single and keep their smartphone than be in a relationship without access to a smartphone. "Unlike my girlfriend, my iPhone doesn't ask me every day if its case makes it look fat," said one respondent.

"Our survey data supports the perception that American culture is growing increasingly more obsessed with gadgets and their digital lives," said Victoria Treyger, CMO of RingCentral. "While excessive smartphone use may negatively impact interpersonal relationships, it's a small price to pay for the growth of our economy."

Happy April Fools' Day.

All joke press releases aside, keep your eyes and ears peeled for real data from a survey currently being conducted which identifies interesting smartphone and tablet user behaviors and preferences.

About RingCentral
RingCentral is the leading cloud-based business phone system which enables businesses to get all the features of a traditional PBX and more. With top industry honors, including PC Magazine Editor's Choice Award, Small Business Computing Excellence in Technology Award, and the 2010 World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Award, RingCentral delivers on-demand phone systems that are designed for the modern mobile and distributed business world, at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, RingCentral is privately held with backing from Cisco, Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures and DAG Ventures. For more information, please visit: www.ringcentral.com

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