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Infographic: Americans would give up sex before smartphones

Recent poll results show that Americans are more willing to give up sex than their smartphones, but caffeine is even more important than that. Take our poll to see if we get similar results.
Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. recently interviewed 1,000 registered voters nationwide. The respondents, who were broken down by age, gender, and political identification, were asked what they would be least willing to give up for a week, if given a choice between sex, smartphone/tablet, alcohol, or caffeine.

The following infographic, created by Sachs Media Group, shows the poll results. Overall, it appears that caffeine is the most important thing, particularly for people ages 50+.

Are you more addicted to your smartphone than caffeine? We thought we'd ask the TechRepublic community the same poll question to see if we get similar results.

Do these poll results ring true for you? Tell us why or why not in the discussion thread below.

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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

18 comments
robkehaman
robkehaman

It means Smart phones are used for population control also .(lol) iphone recycle

mjd420nova
mjd420nova

Maybe that's why I don't have a smart phone.

jsargent
jsargent

Who's ever heard "the server is down tonight...there's going to be plenty of sex unless you get it fixed".

jsargent
jsargent

On this forum we can see that we don't want to give up sex for a week. I guess no techie likes to give up what little comes along ;)

fiosdave
fiosdave

They should have asked whether they were married or single.

mudpuppy1
mudpuppy1

are people's attention spans so short that the period in question is only one week? How about for a year? Five years? Life? I bet the numbers change. Anybody can quit one or all of these for a week. Well..... I'm not surprised that more women would give up sex than men. That, plus some of the comments here just reinforces the meme that women use sex as a weapon or they just "lay back and think of England". I'm also not surprised that more Democrats would not give up alcohol. They must have asked this before Ted Kennedy died. :) That being said, I wish they would leave politics out of it. The way everything is politicized today just leaves a sour taste. For the commenter that was confused about the lack of description in the political section: It took me awhile too. You have to think backwards. They should have asked what WOULD you give up, instead of what would you NOT give up. It would be easier to read and comprehend. As for me, I would have a hard time giving up caffeine. I don't have a Smart Phone and I rarely drink. Having said all that, I do agree with gumby; it's all vacuous and pretty useless.

gumby8488
gumby8488

I tried to think of some witty, erudite response to this vacuous examination of social more. Alas and alack, my brain is equally as empty.

TNT
TNT

For the political chart, is the larger circle indicating that more people would give up this item, or would NOT give up the item? There is no indication as to the meaning of the circle sizes. Someone help me out.

Slayer_
Slayer_

You don't need your own anymore... Now that they have the swipe thingy for credit cards.

donallsop
donallsop

Alcohol - nice but not essential Sex - not getting much anyway Smartphone - don't have one Caffeine - morning is unthinkable without coffee. I'd be dead on the second day.

kctobyjoe
kctobyjoe

This goes to show you what IDIOTS are now a part of American Society; ESPECIALLY the women who will whine 'they cant find a man' They would rather sleep with their _smart phone and makeup_ then be with a man USA Today did a story about such a situation about men who were SUPPOSED to be on a date who were actually were having to 'compete' with these BUFFOONS and their phones; They walked out BRAVO!!!

timmycb
timmycb

I'm not getting any sex anyway...

donho
donho

I drink Irish Coffee while I surf porn on my iPhone.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I've seen plenty of men ignoring their dining partners to watch their streaming sporting event.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Americans are better heard... Not seen. /Sarcasm