Survey: Almost All Smartphone Owners Do the Same Thing When They Wake Up

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Brush your teeth? Take a shower? According to mobile testing firm SOASTA, it’s none of these.

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What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Brush your teeth? Take a shower?

According to mobile testing firm SOASTA, it’s none of these. A new 10-city survey of the mobile phone habits of smartphone owners has revealed that 84% of us check an app first thing in the morning.

The study shows that New Yorkers are especially tech addicted – 92% of city residents start their day by firing up a smartphone. Los Angeles found itself at the bottom of the list, with only 75% of smartphone owners checking an app first thing.

What exactly are most of us doing with our phones so early? Checking email is the most popular morning activity (67%), followed by checking the weather (45%) and signing on to social media accounts like Facebook (40%). At the bottom of the list: Only 3% of us check our online dating profiles. Love makes the world go round, sure, but it can wait until after that first cup of coffee.

This article was written by Fox Van Allen and originally appeared on Techlicious.

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DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

Who, exactly, did they ask these things in this "survey"?  A few Preppie Smartphone users per city between the mental age of 5 and 6 who have sought treatment for compulsive behaviors?  All the idiots in one theater per city who keeps texting during the movie?  From a list compiled of repeat texting and driving offenders in each city?

The sample size must be very selective and minuscule to come up with BS like this...

DominiqueNicodeme
DominiqueNicodeme

The first thing I do, is switching the alarm off. I really thought this would've been number 1 amongst the smartphone users.

BrianReynolds
BrianReynolds

I'm about the most "tech addicted" person I know.  I'm really into home automation and I use a home theater PC to distribute audio/video throughout my home.  I love electronic gadgets.  I have a technical software job.  But, I don't touch my phone until I'm ready to leave for work in the morning.  That's when I unplug it from the charger, and it goes straight into my pocket.

I appreciate the convenience of a smartphone.  It comes in handy, when I'm not near a PC, for communication, maps, etc.  But, I'm near a PC most of the time, and I find PC's to be much easier to read and use than a smartphone.

cariobana
cariobana

First thing: kiss my husband. The phone is downstairs in the office charging. I will check it 2-3 hours after waking up. 

victoria123
victoria123

I do two things first thing in the morning, first I check the notification center on my iPhone for any major news headlines as well as my email. I then read the local news and if I have time then I read the various national news outlets. I find I look forward to it in the morning and it helps me  begin to wake up.

MichellePosadas
MichellePosadas

The very first thing I do is turn off my sleep bot app's alarm and check my hours slept. Then I either snooze or check my email especially my college account and for any missed calls or text messages.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@MichellePosadas Okay, way back in the stone age, we used to be able to tell time and do math.  Last time I looked, most of these skills were still required for everyone over the age of five.  So why have an app tell you how much sleep you got?  You go to sleep at five.  You get up at three.  You slept ten hours.  It's not rocket science.  If you can't look at a clock when you get up and already know how much sleep you got, you need to go back to kindergarten and learn how to tell time.

What that useless piece of code you have needs to do is calculate how many months of your life you wasted with using it, how many ads it ate up your data with and how much it actually cost you over the long term.  THAT would be more difficult to track and actually worth knowing, just so you can tell others to avoid the thing.

If your e-mail was THAT important, they would have CALLED YOU.  After all, YOU HAVE A PHONE.  And if people are rude enough to TEXT YOU WHILE YOU'RE SLEEPING, you really need to look into getting a new set of friends and changing your phone number.

mahadragon
mahadragon

@MichellePosadas The first thing I do when I wake up is turn off my sleep app's alarm too!!! Then I click the mood button smile, neutral, unhappy, check how much rem sleep I got, then I decide whether to go back to sleep, haha! Or get up. Then I see if I have any messages or calls. I might check Flipboard for news or the weather app or check email. I love my sleep app! I average only 6 hours of sleep per night!