LOS ANGELES, CA – Anyone remember those old American Express commercials, ‘don`t leave home without it.’ The times, they are a changin’. Forget about your credit cards, when it comes to Americans, it’s their mobile phones they can`t leave home without. Even for one day.
A survey by the University of Southern California found that a third of folks would turn around and go back if they walked out of the house without their cell phone, no matter how far, even if it meant being late for work or another important event. Twenty-eight percent said they would only go back if it took ten minutes or less. Which begs the question: what would you do?
“It’s happened to me,” Houstonian Jerry Carter told us, “so , I’ve got to have it. It doesn’t matter how far, I’ve got to go back and get it.”
“I would turn around no matter where I was and go back and get my phone,” Lori Dushkin admitted.
A measly 23 percent of folks polled said they would push through the pain and go on with their day sans the cell phone. And it’s probably no surprise that young folks fared the worst. Only 12 percent of people age 34 or less said they could make it through their day without their phones.
“People have to have their phone on them; they’re attached to their phone,” Aaron Dushkin explained.
Which makes you wonder, how long will it be before we have help groups for cellphone withdrawal? Any takers?