Does your smartphone mean more to you than your folks?

A new study has revealed that people are more attached to their devices than their own family members

Almost one third of people value their smartphones more than their parents, research has revealed.

A study conducted on behalf of Kaspersky Lab by the universities of Wurzburg and Nottingham Trent asked people to rank the importance of elements like family, friends, pets and electronic devices.

Using an online tool called PORD (Positioning Relations and Devices), participants were told to place an icon on a chessboard representing themself.

They then positioned icons representing people and devices relative to how important they felt they were, with closer proximity designating higher importance.

Advertisement - Article continues below
Advertisement - Article continues below

The results showed that 29.4 per cent of the study's participants ranked their smartphones of equal or greater importance to them than their own parents.

Furthermore, over 20 per cent said their smartphone was of equal or greater importance to their partner, while more than 15 per cent of subjects viewed their smartphone as equally important to themselves.

"This latest experiment further proves the strong emotional connection we have with our phones," said Kaspersky Lab's principal security researcher, David Emm.

"Another interesting finding was that people rate their smartphones as far more important to them as laptops or other devices that hold the same degree of information, highlighting the symbolic role our phones have for us as digital companions, forever at our side."

Despite this apparent connection, however, a separate experiment carried out as part of the same study showed that we are worryingly nonchalant about handing over access to our beloved devices.

In this experiment, participants were sat in a waiting room, before being asked for their height (as a distraction tactic) and their phone's PIN code. A staggering 93 per cent handed over the code, with the majority not even questioning it.

Advertisement - Article continues below

"This is worrying," said Astrid Carolus, media psychologist at the University of Wrzburg and leader of the study, "because it suggests that we are willing to put our digital friends -- and the data they hold - at risk."

Featured Resources

What you need to know about migrating to SAP S/4HANA

Factors to assess how and when to begin migration

Download now

Your enterprise cloud solutions guide

Infrastructure designed to meet your company's IT needs for next-generation cloud applications

Download now

Testing for compliance just became easier

How you can use technology to ensure compliance in your organisation

Download now

Best practices for implementing security awareness training

How to develop a security awareness programme that will actually change behaviour

Download now


internet security

Avast and AVG extensions pulled from Chrome

19 Dec 2019

Google confirms Android cameras can be hijacked to spy on you

20 Nov 2019

Most Popular

data governance

Brexit security talks under threat after UK accused of illegally copying Schengen data

10 Jan 2020
cyber security

If not passwords then what?

8 Jan 2020
web browser

What is HTTP error 503 and how do you fix it?

7 Jan 2020
Policy & legislation

GDPR and Brexit: How will one affect the other?

9 Jan 2020