Depending on where you live, smartphone habits can run the gamut from casual use to all-out addiction. In an effort to determine the relationship between mobile use and social behavior in developed and developing markets, telecom specialists Tyntec surveyed more than 4,000 participants, ages 18 to 55, from Brazil, Russia, the U.S. and the UK.
The survey, parts of which are illustrated in the following infographic, found that Brazil is the most socially connected country, with 77% using social networks via mobile. In comparison, the U.S. clocks in at 53%. Brazil also has the highest daily usage of SMS messaging, with 12% sending at least 30 texts a day. Only 4% of American users claim to do the same.
In terms of bad mobile habits, people surveyed in Russia are most guilty of sleeping next to their phones. Only 15% of U.S. respondents and 21% of UK respondents do the same.
When 18- to 24-year-olds were asked if they would give up alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, exercise or a toothbrush for a week, rather than lose the ability to text for a year, 44% of U.S. respondents said they would be willing to make the sacrifice (in 2012 that number was 71%). People in Brazil were least willing to give up the ability to text, with only 24% saying they would, compared to 36% in Russia, and 42% in the UK.