This rather fun survey from goo Research, reported on by japan.internet.com, looked at mobile phones, with the focus of the article being phones and bedtime.
Over the 18th and 19th of December 2008 1,082 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 52.8% of the sample were male, 16.2% in their teens, 18.3% in their twenties, 21.2% in their thirties, 16.2% in their forties, 16.0% in their fifties, and 12.1% aged sixty or older.
Remember that a previous survey has shown that over two in five use their mobiles as alarm clocks, so that will affect where people put their mobile phones.
My phone sits on a desk in another room, but my wife’s on a desk out of reach in the bedroom as she does use it as an alarm clock.
First of all, 972 people, or 89.8% of the sample, had mobile phones. This is a lower than the average figure or 94% or so. They were asked the following questions.
Q1: Where do you most often recharge your mobile phone? (Sample size=972)
At home 81.6% Wherever I am when the battery gets low 10.2% At work 4.9% Wherever I am when the battery runs flat 2.4% At school 0.5% Outside 0.2% Other 0.2%
Q2: When you sleep, where do you most often place your phone? (Sample size=972)
On bed, by my pillow 35.7% In bedroom, within reach 28.0% Outside bedroom, on a table 14.1% In bedroom, on a table out of reach 9.6% In my bag 4.9% Outside bedroom, on a chair, shelf, etc 2.7% In bedroom, on a chair, shelf, etc out of reach 1.6% Outside bedroom, on the floor 1.5% In bedroom, on the floor 1.1% In my hand 0.4% Other 0.3%
Q3: Do you recharge your phone in the place mentioned in Q2? (Sample size=972)
Recharge 40.3% Don’t recharge 59.7%