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Some Americans are so attached to their smartphones that they’d rather temporarily lose a best friend than have their device taken away.

That’s one of the slightly disturbing findings from a survey commissioned by Motorola Mobility and B2X Care Solutions, which polled more than 500 smartphone and tablet users in America.

The companies found that 17 percent of women would give up their best friend for a week instead of their smartphone. It’s unclear what the statistic is for men, but I’d guess it is similar.

At first glance, it is a bit startling to hear that about 1 in 6 Americans would ditch the best friend for a gadget. Though given how much some of us rely on a smartphone, the statistic is not all that surprising.

Other findings from the survey:

  • 74 percent keep their smartphones within reach throughout the entire day
  • 60 percent sleep with their phones and that number increases to 84 percent in the 18-29 year olds demographic, while their European counterparts are more likely to keep their devices in the next room
  • 53 percent keep their phone sound on even while they sleep

So, would you give up a friend for a smartphone?

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