Feel like you can't live without your mobile? You're not
A new survey, released yesterday, has found at least four in
five Kiwis refuse to leave home without their smartphone in
The survey, carried out by 2degrees on Facebook, asked 357
smartphone users about their cell phone habits.
Eighty-five per cent of people said smartphones had changed
their "day-to-day" lives while 82 per cent said they wouldn't
leave the house without the handy devices.
Tech-savvy Kiwis were also spending more time on their
smartphones, with about two-thirds of participants clocking
more than two hours usage each day.
Nearly 60 per cent of people also said they spent more time
on their phones compared to six months ago.
A scenario testing who Kiwis preferred to stay in touch found
most Kiwis would opt to call their partner first, if faced
with a scenario of missed calls from their partner, mum, boss
Functional apps also rated highly in the survey, with those
enabling voice calling and navigation the most commonly used
And of the social networking sites, Facebook was the most
popular, with 93 per cent of those surveyed accessing the
site from their phones.
Of these, over a third said they checked it more than 10
times a day.
2degrees said the survey results followed on from technology
research showing people would have 5 to 10 devices with
internet connection by 2020.
"It's all about IOT or Internet of Things right now, which is
adding connectivity and intelligence to just about every
device," chief executive Steward Sherriff said.
"2020 may sound a way off, but wearable technology is already
here, we're selling smartwatches in every one of our 2degrees
stores on high streets nationwide. Globally, 64 million
smartwatches are expected to be sold by 2016 and forecasts
are that the 'Internet of Things' will become a multi-billion
dollar industry," he said.
Eighty-four per cent of survey respondents were aged between
18 and 50.
Survey: New Zealanders and smartphones
* 24 per cent of people have three wireless network devices
(such as a smartphone, laptop and tablet)
* The "most connected" person who took the survey had 12
devices connected to the internet
* Who would you rather call back first if you missed calls
from these people:
Partner: 55 per cent
Mum: 23 per cent
Boss: 20 per cent
Friend: 2 per cent