This cartoon was largely inspired by the latest Time Magazine mobility poll. Here are some interesting numbers from that poll:

  • 17% of people said they check their phone at every meal, regardless of whom they’re dining with.
  • 62% of Brits said that smartphones make it easier for them to be away from family
  • 60% of Chinese say their mobile device come at times between them and their spouse
  • Average age thought appropriate for a child to own a mobile phone: 13
  • 66% said they’d rather take their mobile device for work than their lunch.
  • 36% of people between the ages of 25-29 used their smartphone to commit adultery!
  • 55% of people in that age group used their smartphone to send suggestive pictures…
  • …and 10% of people above the age of 65 used their smartphone to send suggestive pictures!
  • 32% of Americans say they almost always use their smartphone while driving! 36% of Americans use them while riding public transportation.
  •  60% of Americans use their smartphones while watching TV.
  • 47% of Indians say they almost always use their smartphone while watching a movie.
  • Almost 70% of place their mobile devices next to their beds while sleeping at night.
  • 29% of Americans claim their wireless device is ALWAYS the first and last thing they look at every day

Another inspiration for this cartoon was a discussion sparked on Google Plus (yes, there is life on Google Plus) by Åke Jonsson (a big thanks to Viktor Bengtsson for pulling me into it)…