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One in 10 more interested in turning on phone than partner

Australians seem to have no boundaries when it comes to appropriate places to use mobile phones. Pictured are Vincent and his partner Pia.
Australians seem to have no boundaries when it comes to appropriate places to use mobile phones. Pictured are Vincent and his partner Pia. Mike Richards

AUSTRALIANS are not turning their mobiles off when they get turned on.

One in 10 Aussies are admitting to using their mobile phones while between the sheets with their partners, to text, use social media or to take a call.

The research conducted by Yatango found the growing demand for instant communication meant our love lives may be coming in second best.

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A third of us would rather live a week without our partners than sacrifice our smartphone for the same period.

The study examined the behaviour of 1000 Australians from varied demographics including age, gender and region.

The digital invasion is infiltrating every aspect of our lives, to an extent where our most intimate moments are no longer sacred.

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Relationships counsellor Ann Fogerty said while it came as no surprise mobiles were becoming ever-present in our lives, partners needed to maintain a level of respect when using their devices.

"I imagine these figures derive from a career-focused population," she said.

"We need to remember there are certain things in life that are more important than allowing ourselves to be surgically attached to devices. Sex is definitely one of them."

Mrs Fogerty said that with more than 50 per cent of marriages ending in divorce, it was vital couples enforced a technology-free zone in the bedroom.

"Technology is such a convenient distraction for intimacy," she said.

"You put time into every other aspect of your life. Australians need to prioritise their sex lives as an investment too."

Mrs Fogerty suggested leaving mobile phones in a common room of the house, along with computers and other electronic distractions.

"It's the little things you do now that will preserve the romance and emotion later," she said.

How often do you use your mobile phone in bed?

This poll ended on 26 February 2014.

All the time. It's much more interesting than my partner - 12%

Every now and then, just to keep in touch with things - 12%

Only when there's nothing on television - 5%

Not often at all. I prefer bed for sleeping and other activities - 69%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Younger generations can't imagine a world without mobiles

IT is almost impossible for generations Y and Z to imagine a functioning world without mobile phones.

For teenagers Taylah Heit and Tamara Majoram, it is unfathomable.

"Our whole lives we have been around mobile phones," Taylah said. "I got my first phone when I was 12."

The young women list an extensive amount of activities they undertake on their mobiles, from social networking to checking movie times and texting incessantly, to taking photos and playing games.

"We are constantly on our phones, either for entertainment, boredom or to communicate," Taylah said.

Tamara recently broke her phone after dropping it too many times, and said the need to replace it had been immediate.

"It was a sinking feeling when it broke," she said. "I did everything I could to get another as soon as possible."

Goodbye phone:

30% of Australians have lost or broken phones in various ways, including:

  • Left it in cab or at pub - 9%
  • Dropped it in a drink - 7%
  • It fell out of a bag or a pocket - 46%
  • Sat on it - 10%
  • Smashed it on purpose - 2%
  • Dropped it in toilet - 13%
  • Lost it while drunk - 13%

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