Facebooking in Bed

Once upon a time, people who found themselves awake in the middle of the night might listen to the radio. Now they are lulled back to sleep by checking Facebook or Twitter (I wish they’d stop. Or at least I wish they’d stop commenting about the fact that they can’t sleep). A consumer electronics site, Retrevo, found that 48% of social media users log in from the comforts of their beds – either in the middle of the night or first thing when they wake up. iPhone users do this more than anybody else – they seem the most reluctant to let go of their gadgets. And interrupting actual personal interaction to check in virtually is becoming more common, in case you hadn’t noticed. Retrevo’s Gadgetology Report found that “over 40% of respondents saying they didn’t mind being interrupted for a message. In fact, 32% said a meal was not off limits while 7% said they’d even check out a message during an intimate moment.” Still, while 18% of those under 25 said that they would not be willing to forego electronic interaction for more than a few hours, 40% or them (and 46% of people over 25) said that they would be able to go for a “long time” (I assume that means more than a day) without being connected.



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