A new survey is warning of a crippling over-reliance on smartphones among young Brits.
More than 10 percent of those aged 25-34 (aka millennials) said they’d rather break a bone than go without their phones for just 24 hours.
Meanwhile, an even larger portion of 18-24 year-olds (36 percent) would rather skip a wash than lose out on their mobiles.
The surprising study, which comes from tech repair specialist iSmash, quizzed 2,000 UK adults on what they’d prefer over giving up their devices.
And the responses turned out to be crazy across the board.
1 in 7 Brits (13.6 percent) claimed they’d rather get all their hair shaved off, 1 in 5 (19.6 percent) would prefer to repeatedly scrape their fingers down a chalkboard and almost 2 in 5 women (37.3 percent) would rather go without makeup.
The data also revealed the strains smartphones can place on our personal lives.
The study highlighted that almost half of Brits (47 percent) have had arguments with their partner because they spend too much time on their phone.
In addition, 59 percent regularly use their phone at the dinner table whilst eating with others (how rude).
“Our mobile devices are increasingly becoming part of our lives and nothing highlights that better than the fact that a huge portion of the population would prefer to break a bone than go without their phone for a mere 24 hours,” said Julian Shovlin, founder and managing director at iSmash.
To see how you compare to the rest of the nation, you can take the company’s Phone Separation Anxiety Quiz.
The questionnaire is split into six parts and rates you on a scale of “do you even need a phone?” to “you may need your phone surgically removed from your face.”