Smartphones and Sex: How the tech in your pocket affects life in (and out of) your pants

One week ago we asked you about how your smartphone factors into your dating, romance, and sex lives. And while we expected quite a response, we didn't expect this much of a response. More than 17,000 of you took part in our survey in the past week, and the results were interesting, to say the least.

There are plenty of interesting correlations and divergences based on age groups and platform choice. Some are not at all surprises, others caught us by surprise. For example…

  • When on a date, those aged 18 to 24 years are 35% less likely to actively use their smartphone while on a date than those 35 and older.
  • Opinions of relationship statuses drop quickly, with 27% of ages 18 to 24 believe them to be asking for trouble, vs. more than half of those 55 and older. BlackBerry users are 22% more likely to believe so.
  • All age groups hold an ideal of an in-person break-up being ideal and using a phone call, text, or email as less so, yet the actual rates show hypocrisy in practice, though the younger you are, the more likely you are to have been in a breakup over text messages.
  • Nearly half of those who carry sensitive photos of their significant others on their smartphone do so without the protection of a PIN or password.
  • Men are 50% more likely to want to receive frequent sexts than women (no surprise there).
  • Universal platform agnostic solutions like MMS, email, and Skype are the most popular for sexting, except that BlackBerry users show a preference for BBM. Skype is also the overwhelming favorite for cybersex, although iPhone users prefer FaceTime by a slim margin.
  • Men are 78% more likely to look at porn on their smartphones than women.
  • BlackBerry, iPhone, and Windows Phone all have a shortage of porn apps, so users get their porn predominately through web browsers, Tumblr, and Reddit.

Check out the huge interactive infographic below (it's huge, it'll probably take a little while to load) — several of the charts allow you to cycle through data displayed by age groups and platform choice — and let us know what you think in the comments!

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There are 42 comments

BigDaddy3000 says:

Ok I'll admit it, I'm part of the 78% that looks at porn on my phone! ✋

alexlam24 says:

+1

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A895 says:

Not a mention of beeg.com or playvid.com? Mobile Nations you disappoint.

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jtc276 says:

*cough*Beeg is amazing*cough*

Beeg is one of the best.

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A895 says:

+Fap

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A895 says:

Playvid has all the new stuff though (full vids!).

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alexlam24 says:

OP gets an award

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demontooth says:

The wife and I just watched some beeg. And then banged. Thanks!

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ScottJ says:

To this crowd, smartphones are sex.

thatguy97 says:

+10000000000 made my day

Sent from my Nexus 7 2013 or iPhone 5

Chanlion says:

I really have no positive opinion about his editorial.

A895 says:

I really have no positive opinion on this comment.

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+69

ಠ益ಠ

xlDeMoNiClx says:

And yet you felt the need to reply. Getting a little desperate for attention there? Lol

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Bwahahahaha says:

You're a sensitive one, eh girlie?

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Paola1993 says:

Interesting.

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dante501 says:

And same goes for Androidcentral. You guys starting to run out of stories? Feeling the journalism is started to decay. Second time the same story?

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Calm down. It's the results from the survey in the original article. The survey you probably didn't take.

SirBobaFett says:

I dunno, does feel a bit desperate. First 27 Flappy Bird articles, now sex....

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gamefreak715 says:

+1

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It was eight Flappy Bird stories over the course of more than a week.

Please stay tuned for our upcoming series on perspective and mathematics! 

eahinrichsen says:

In fact, advanced mathematicians can make it spell BOOBIES.

SirBobaFett says:

5318008

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xlDeMoNiClx says:

That's 8 more than necessary.

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A895 says:

Oh please.

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benurd says:

Lmao at that scruff comment. I'm glad my Jackd comment wasn't used haha

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eahinrichsen says:

Gay social networking apps have the best names.

benurd says:

They really do! Grindr, Scruff, Jackd and Hornet etc.

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net62957 says:

How many do it while playing Flappy Bird?

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xlDeMoNiClx says:

You mean Fappy Bird.

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pazzo02 says:

He uses his pebble to check calls during sex... You're doing it wrong!

A895 says:

Exactly this.

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Joel E says:

Derek....the pic of the one n the moto x..made me ACTUALLY bust out laughing! I scanned it briefly and scrolled down....paused...then scrolled back up. Great pic man lol

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First Flappy Bird,now this
Don't you guys have better news to report on?

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NoNexus says:

Really? You do not see the relationship?

We have lots of great news to report on! You can find it all at AndroidCentral.com. You know, that website on which we post news along with other stories.

HubyD says:

I find the results interesting :) More polls & infographics like this!

benurd says:

+1

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josegb2011 says:

I think my phone was my Valentine's and I am proud of it

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annedev says:

interesting data!

TurkXtreme says:

very interesting survey. thanks for that.