Survey Finds Almost Half Of U.S. Adults Feel They Can't Last 24 Hours Without A Smartphone

It's pretty remarkable how quickly a technological shift can impact our daily lives. Consider that 10-15 years ago, comparatively few people owned a mobile phone. And now? Not only do most adults in the U.S. carry a handset with them, but in a survey conducted by Bank of America, 47 percent of U.S. consumers admitted they couldn't last a full day without their smartphone.

Out of the 1,000 survey respondents 18-years-old or higher and living in the U.S., 85 percent said they check their smartphone at least a few times per day, and 35 percent said they're "constantly" checking and using their phone. Around 16 percent check their smartphone once every hour.

Bank of America revealed the survey results in its "Trends in Consumer Mobility Report 2014." The mobile scene is a big one in the banking industry, with Bank of America surpassing 15 million active mobile banking customers this year. In addition, that figure grows by more than 200,000 customers per month.

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"Mobile phones have changed the way we live our daily lives, and that extends to our finances," said Marc Warshawsky, senior vice president and mobile solutions executive at Bank of America. "Bank of America now has more than 15 million active mobile banking users who access their accounts on a mobile device over 165 million times per month. We've seen this number continue to grow and recently the number of mobile banking logins surpassed online banking logins for the first time."

The survey covered a variety of interesting angles and theoretical situations. Thankfully, most U.S. adults haven't completely lost their minds -- 95 percent rank brushing their teeth as being more important to daily life than a smartphone, followed by Internet access (93 percent). Mobile phones, cars, and deodorant tied at 91 percent, all of which beat out computers, television, microwaves, coffee, and social networking sites.

For more fun stats, you can read the full report here (PDF).

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