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Smartphones and Sex: How the tech in your pocket affects life in (and out of) your pants

Smartphones and Sex: How the tech in your pocket affects life in (and out of) your pants
By Derek Kessler on 14 Feb 2014 06:09 pm EST

One week ago we asked you about how your smartphone factors into your dating, romance, and sex lives. And while we expected quite a response, we didn't expect this much of a response. More than 17,000 of you took part in our survey in the past week, and the results were interesting, to say the least.

There are plenty of interesting correlations and divergences based on age groups and platform choice. Some are not at all surprises, others caught us by surprise. For example…

  • When on a date, those aged 18 to 24 years are 35% less likely to actively use their smartphone while on a date than those 35 and older.
  • Opinions of relationship statuses drop quickly, with 27% of ages 18 to 24 believe them to be asking for trouble, vs. more than half of those 55 and older. BlackBerry users are 22% more likely to believe so.
  • All age groups hold an ideal of an in-person break-up being ideal and using a phone call, text, or email as less so, yet the actual rates show hypocrisy in practice, though the younger you are, the more likely you are to have been in a breakup over text messages.
  • Nearly half of those who carry sensitive photos of their significant others on their smartphone do so without the protection of a PIN or password.
  • Men are 50% more likely to want to receive frequent sexts than women (no surprise there).
  • Universal platform agnostic solutions like MMS, email, and Skype are the most popular for sexting, except that BlackBerry users show a preference for BBM. Skype is also the overwhelming favorite for cybersex, although iPhone users prefer FaceTime by a slim margin.
  • Men are 78% more likely to look at porn on their smartphones than women.
  • BlackBerry, iPhone, and Windows Phone all have a shortage of porn apps, so users get their porn predominately through web browsers, Tumblr, and Reddit.

Check out the huge interactive infographic below (it's huge, it'll probably take a little while to load) — several of the charts allow you to cycle through data displayed by age groups and platform choice — and let us know what you think in the comments!

(View in browser)


Great turnout of respondents. Was shocked by the age groups using their phones during a date!

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This actually doesn't surprise me. I can relate to my parents. I know mine are new to texting and they think it's cool and they constantly have to answer their texts right away. They don't understand the concept of answering a text at the right time. Being on a date while being on your phone shows lack of interest

Posted via CB10 for Z10


This might be the case for your parents, but from my age I see this a bit different and I knew this would be one of those ones that wouldn't be understood without more explaination from the older generation. I'm part of the "sandwich generation" , I'm the person who gets the calls when something truely urgent happens to any of my children, and sometimes even for crisis with grandchildren because someone needs to watch the other children while parents go to the ER. I'm also responsible for 2 older aging parents with ongoing health problems that take them to the emergency room frequently. I have to have my phone handy. I may check who message are from, and I have responded to a true emergency during a "date" but I am also smart enough to realize that dates deserve more attention and ignor most of the notifications that come into my phone when I'm otherwise busy with a date. In my 20's before children, I felt responsible to no one and turning off a phone while on a date would have been easy, but now there are too many family people relying on me.


Lol.. some interesting stats there.


Wow, 18-24 Year olds less likely to use their phone than 35+. That's surprising.

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That's because most of us 35 and over have kids to check up on while on a date.

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Coming from this 32 year old, yep. I have grandchildren :p

Posted via CB10 using the power of " Q "


Or a husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend to have to keep pretending to, "sorry hunny I have to work late tonight" lol on O2 UK - Activated on BES10.2.1


In case you wondering, many of those who said they are not having Sex are those who post FIRST on the blogs.

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I see what you did there...

Not really first, but nice try.

Posted via CB10


Wasn't attempting a first comment...just illustrating those who do it all the time and think it's so funny lack something in their lives.

If they focused more on growing up instead of waiting on CB to post first they might actually get laid more often.

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It's funny because of people like you making a big deal out of it.... if there was no reaction they would probably stop.... plus you give out good boy stickers to whoever posts first.....

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Keith H. Posted via CB10 on Z10.


Sadly there was a time when no one complained and it got worse. CB has been cracking down on the first posts more because idiots don't get that it's annoying to have to sift through you dweebs jerking off to being first and how cool you are. It's stupid and should stop.

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james pisano


It is childish, but it seems it would take a concerted effort by the forum moderators to stop it.

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james pisano

Plus, I'm not sure how this thread is a good example of it.

Via CB10 & Z10 or Q10


LOL...I often grab the First comment and...well yeah, I'm engaged - though I liked the joke. :-)

I'm just poor fiancée...

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When is it happening? Who's invited? Let us know. ;-)

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And then you come creeping in with your good boy stickers......scary......

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For the special kids like you....moron.

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it's not like you started an annoying thread of irrelevant posts and comments within this quite productive comment section, here. you must be of great value to our community. please, let me be your friend and we hang out together and push little kids off the swings.


See...if all first post comments stop, life is good. so be a mitch and stop posting first and everyone is happy.

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But if they want to be infantile, just let them. By adding your ha'pence worth and dishing out equally as infantile 'good boy stickers', you're simply creating more bad feeling. The first-posters are just playing a game that no-one's interested in; you come across as attention-seeking...

And if you're misguided enough to think you're actually doing all of us a favour by 'policing' these spurious first-posters, you're not. In fact, you're doing the opposite - we end up having to read reams of tit-for-tat posts once you've stuck your oar in! (Like now.)

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Kevin Michaluk

Crazy results. And crazy turnout considering we just ran this survey for a few days.



so we can expect more of this classroom stuff from Derek? this lowers CB to the level of a tabloid newspaper. What's next Kevin? I thought CB was above this kind of low-brow clickbait. What a pity.

Jimberry Storm

Not enough porn apps is my favorite take away, as if you can have enough

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That stuff makes you miss out on the real thing.

Get off it, and see your life change 180•

Get off the fap, and they will react differently to you after a just week. They can smell it somehow. Trust me, I've been there. Found out too late. Hope you find the right one.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


This guy writes creepy articles.

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You shall not talk stuff about Derek!

We have him writing for CB now and that's... ... ....

Nvm... :)


I have no positive opinion on this editorial.


What about how cool the little interactive graphs were? That was pretty awesome...

Illustrator Joe

Call the waaaaaaaaaaambulance.



Apple users use "face time" now there's a euphemism :-) BBM Channel C002C3F42


+1. Lol

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Denise in Los Angeles

So, we are crazy. Like that's a big surprise.


All you BlackBerry users with naked pics of your partners on your easily accessed phones....

Can't. Stop. Laughing. At. You.

And I bet some clain that their phone is more secure than the other platforms!


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No app, security tools or anything else you can install on a computing device will help against inconsistent or irresponsible user behavior.

Well said. Too sad to laugh. :-(

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


I completely don't understand your comments. Does iPhone or Android have the ability to hide pictures without some shady app as did legacy BlackBerry devices.

As far as I'm concerned the solution for hiding said files on BB10 is no different than that of competitor devices.

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Wrong, Mikey...
To hide private pics etc on your BB10 phone, just make a new folder & put a ".nomedia" file in a folder... and whatever is in that folder will not show up in the apps, like the Pictures app or the Videos app or the StoryMaker app. But you can access and look at and share those pics/files from within the File Manager. Way better when letting family members flicks thru your Pictures app.

Search CrackBerry for detail on how easy it is to do this. And no, AFAIK YOU CANNOT DO THIS ON Android or ios without using an app.

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Thanks so much!!! I've been trying to figure out the best way to do this but never search CB for the answer. I now have search and gather my pics to place in the folder. It would be nice if BlackBerry designed a specific pic app lock to prevent unauthorized snoopers from viewing.

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Oh wow! Ok. I didn't notice still not an optimal solution. And definitely not as good as actually hiding files. But that is really awesome and good info. Thanks for sharing.


Interesting that Grindr (and Scruff) shows up so high in the results. Guess lots of horny fags read mobile nations sites look for hookups. Of course, I would never admit to this behaviour.


Looking at this more, I guess the collorery is that bears and chasers use Windows phones


Scruff, Grindr & let's not forget about Growlr...

With 10.2.1 & Snap & android apps, so cool all of us can join in the fun.

And hey... just like only the Blacks can use the "N"-word, these days only the Gays should use the "F"-word... so even though you wouldn't "admit" to such behaviour, you've kinda given away your little secret...! LOL

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Originally I didn't put that sentence in but after much hemming and hawing I decided to put that so people wouldn't get offended by my use of that word. Good to see the intended effect of the joke hit the mark. Besides, isn't it good to declutter that closet every once in a while? So, what's your screen name on those apps? :p


Seriously guys. Get that post subbed again. I can barely understand the first few bullet points.



ZZwiped up on my Z10!


Blackberry can index and restrict Adult sites with BBM Channels , link BBM Money and watch BBRY cashflow flourish then take the model to professional consulting , educational tutoring , business consulting , medical professional advice !!

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Sad but true. This is how the Internet got big in the first place. On the back of porn.

Then other areas and industries caught up with it.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


BBM Channels with BBM Money can be one of the best shared secured Social e-Commerce Brand Enterprise Messengers for professional and micro enterprises !!


That's not a bad idea

Posted via CB10


I had a girlfriend that broke up with me on my answering machine back in the day. It's a lot less painful that way as you realize b the character of the person and it translates perfectly into "your not losing much". Better luck next time. XD

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Why can I not see the "infographic" using CB10 app ?

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And how is this topic related in the slightest, to the latest technology BlackBerry is producing? It isn't. Some dink at Crackberry is getting his rocks off reading what people have to say.

Do us a favor and post relative information about BlackBerry products, not what's in your piggish minds for a change. Thank you.

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Oh puh-leeze... chill & let us have a little fun. Such prudish attitudes belong in the Victorian era... not the 21st century of free people enjoying their lives. Piggish?... get a grip.

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And really, DuMaurier 100's??? Some would say it is Piggish to be promoting a cancerous habit. So please get off your high horse.

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tripple dunk

What a lame brain poll.

Nothing but flaws

White Z10

JP Yow

This was not CrackBerry's shining moment. Even if you thought the concept was appropriate for this venue the execution was juvenile, prurient, and a bit creepy.

Posted via CB10


Crackberry would seem to be pursuing its priorities based on SEO imperatives, right now. That's how, I suspect, one can account for the perceptible strategic shift in the type of content they're willing to publish. It's not just sex surveys though, check out the never ending stream of 'How to Pick Your Nose on BlackBerry 10.2.1' type articles by good ole James Richardson. Getting search engine indexed-based hits is the name of the game. It's the logical thing for a web-based publishing enterprise to do if it wants to grow and survive. Whilst I guess there is a balance to be struck, in being careful not to go too low brow, not least because that would risk alienating a swathe of the current 'user base', ultimately, that doesn't matter really if all you're concerned about is page views/advertising rates. There will be those at Crackberry who *are* concerned about more than that, but as in every successful for - profits enterprise everywhere, they will eventually be eliminated.

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thank god I'm not the only one thinking this way. Spot on Kennyiceberry. Kevin take note, this is Crackberry, do you really want it to become the national enquirer or something?


Haha great read! :)

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Kevin, with some of the priggish & prudish comments above, I feel your pain... but remember "you cannot please ALL the people ALL The time".

I think a lot of these reprobates have forgotten whats it's like to be young & to "just wanna have fun".

Rock on, Crackberry!!!

Posted via CB10


What a bold assumption from a few comments. Speaking for myself I have plenty of fun , but since It's called a private life for a reason, you can only wildly guess about that. Privacy, and the value of it is what has been forgotten by many in this day, not how to have fun.

The comments made are constructive criticisms for the most part from people who don't like to see the quality of what was the best Blackberry site lowered. Opinions from long term fans like myself who hope Kevin is smart enough to look it over and take a balance of opinion and rethink the new 'clickbait' strategy. If you want titillation interspersed with low quality, high volume posts however, it seems of late you are in luck. You can assume what you want about people's motives though, I'm sure people will only wear the cap if it fits. Same as I will assume there are some 'trendy vicars' amongst us who in their rush to be so 'right on' have leaped on the perceived evil of 'prudishness' and completely failed to recognise the central point here. As a hint, contrast between the kind of articles criticised here, and a high quality post such as, for example, Chris Umi's latest article. I would say constructive criticism drives continued improvement. However, if you want this site to be a blend of a fanboys love in and a tabloid newspaper, then by all means you 'rock on crackberry'.


Here, here!! What happens in my pants, stays in my pants!


You must need to do a lot of laundry!!! LOL

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Charles A Martin


Not your typical blackberry user


The conclusions of the survey are hardly ground-breaking much less beyond the normal societal behaviours expected of male and female smartphone users.

For example, "Men are 50% more likely to want to receive frequent sexts than women (no surprise there)."

Well if a man sends such messages the woman is likely to file a police report. ;-)

Another example, "Men are 78% more likely to look at porn on their smartphones than women."

The pornography industry was built to appeal to male humans from the outset. Without men the pornography industry and the lingerie industry would have collapsed decades ago.

As for the remainder of the observations arising from the survey the sample population of Mobile Nations is inundated with immature sycophants of both genders who use their smartphones as a measure of their "Kardashian" self-worth.

Here's an idea. If you are on a date with someone and either of you spends most of the time on your smartphone, maybe you shouldn't have bothered with the date.

Clifford Pilane

What is the percentage of those who keep their phones on their hands while having sex?

That's what I'd like to know

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Dave Hong

It's true.

Wait, what?


Like that last comment was accidental, @kevin.


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