Men last just 21 seconds – without touching their smartphones

London, June 22: If you are waiting for a friend, a colleague or even a doctor’s appointment, how long do you think it takes before you check your phone? Not more than a minute. And if you are a man, it could be even shorter – just 21 seconds, says a study. In the study, participants left in a waiting room on their own for 10 minutes lasted an average of just 44 seconds before touching their smartphones. Men could not even mage half of this time, waiting an average of only 21 seconds compared to women at 57 seconds. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Wurzburg in Germany and Nottingham Trent University in England on behalf of global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab. To delve deeper into our companionship with digital devices, the participants were asked how long they thought it had been before they reached for their phone in the waiting room. Most said between two and three minutes, highlighting a significant disconnect between perception and actual behaviour. “The experiment suggests that people are far more attached to these devices than they realise and it has become second ture to turn to our smartphones when left alone with them. We do not just wait anymore,” Jens Binder from the University of Nottingham Trent said in a press release. “The immediacy of information and interactions delivered through our smart devices make them much more of a digital companion and connection to the outside world than a piece of technology,” Binder noted. During the 10-minute waiting session, participants used their smartphone on average for almost half the time.  (ians)