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35% Use Mobile Apps Before Getting Out of Bed

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the sleeping-alone dept.

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alphadogg writes "Thirty-five percent of Android and iPhone owners in the US use apps such as Facebook on their smartphone before even getting out of bed, according to a survey conducted by telecommunications equipment vendor Ericsson. The most popular in-bed activity is accessing social networks. Eighteen percent of users log in while they are still in bed, and the most popular application is Facebook, Ericsson wrote."

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Professional help... (1, Insightful)

magarity (164372) | more than 3 years ago | (#36107992)

... get some.

Re:Professional help... (5, Funny)

Burdell (228580) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108020)

Is there an app for that?

Re:Professional help... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108226)

Use in bed:, two words: Vibrator Mode

Re:Professional help... (2)

Luckyo (1726890) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108434)

Jokes aside, it works. Not as well as a proper vibrator, and needs a condom big enough to fit the phone, but it works.

Re:Professional help... (0)

MachDelta (704883) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108954)

Funny, I just left 4chan and now I have this weird dejavu feeling...

Re:Professional help... (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108078)

Not really. My alarm clock is TuneIn Radio sent to NPR.
So I actually use a mobile app before I wake up in the morning. Plus I have my phone running deskclock so it my clock as well.
If you wake up and grab your phone to see what time it is or what the weather is you are using a mobile app.

Re:Professional help... (1)

erroneus (253617) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108182)

I was kinda thinking the same thing. We manage to squeeze a lot of functionality into these mobile computer devices (which also have audio communications hardware integrated in them). I too use the alarm clock function... in fact, I use 3 alarms a day now... one to wake, one to leave for work and one to remind me of the time to go home.

As for facebook and such? I simply avoid that stuff. It's a distraction I don't need. I suffer from enough distraction each day as it is.

Re:Professional help... (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108338)

Other things like you may do is check the news. See if anyone called and so on. A smartphone is at this time bordering on science fiction. I mean really I can check multiple news sources, get the weather radar, send a message to my friend in the UK, and any other number of what would have been mind blowing tasks in the 1980.

Re:Professional help... (2)

SteelKidney (1964470) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108354)

My BlackBerry is also my alarm clock, so when I wake up I use an app and turn off the alarm, check the home screen weather widget and calendar widget, and then check my email to see if I'm headed for the shower or to my laptop to answer a support call. The fact that any Facebook notifications are also on the home screen is incidental. Not sure why this is bad. It more to keep me organized.

Re:Professional help... (1)

cpu6502 (1960974) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108330)

I wouldn't call "checking the time" to be an app. That's just a default function on virtually all modern appliances.

Checking the weather? Yep.
Reading facebooking? Yep.
Looking at the nudie pic of the day? Yep.

Re:Professional help... (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108410)

Looking at the nudie pic of the day? Yep.

Where do I get that app?

Re:Professional help... (1)

knappe duivel (914316) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108596)

Looking at the nudie pic of the day? Yep.

Where do I get that app?

sadly, not through the apple app store

Re:Professional help... (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108892)

You don't need the iTunes App Store.

Your favorite nudie pic of the day website - Add to Home Screen

Re:Professional help... (2)

The Archon V2.0 (782634) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108626)

Where do I get that app?

(Glances at Internet.) Everywhere, it seems.

Re:Professional help... (1)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108754)

If you feel that way fine. But checking the weather or using it as an Alarm clock that streams NPR I would say is.
Facebook I don't check that often. Twitter more so.

Re:Professional help... (2)

ProppaT (557551) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108368)

Technically, hitting the snooze or disable button on the alarm on my phone would count, so it's really not all that crazy. While it's in my hand, I usually check for missed calls/messages.

Re:Professional help... (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108758)

While there are some people overly obsessed with social media, there are others like me that consider some apps invaluable. In the morning, I check the weather and my schedule. Just this morning I realized that I had a scheduling conflict to resolve. These are just two examples. I'm sure others have other use cases.

Re:Professional help... (1)

obergfellja (947995) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108790)

Yeah, that is what FB was designed for.

Re:Professional help... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108830)

Well now, let's see:

Option 1: Get up, sit at PC, check mail and Facebook.
Option 2: Stay in bed, check mail and Facebook. If inbox is empty, go back to sleep/lazing.
Option 3: Get up, read Slashdot, put on douche hat, suggest fellow geeks are psychologically defective.

Y'know what, I'll take option 2. The whole point of me being self employed is so I could reduce stress by doing what I want, when I want, where I want. If the inbox is empty and I feel like sleeping in, I do so. The fact that I can check said Inbox by barely moving one arm is a very welcome convenience. Or would you rather I get up for nothing, stumble around half-conscious for 20 minutes, and post inflammatory bile on your favorite news aggregator ?

Kind of difficult to concentrate on teh apps... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108000)

With a raging hard-on.

how else are you suppused to check the weather? (4, Interesting)

alen (225700) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108006)

look at the weather channel widget on my HTC Inspire. took longer when i had an iphone. and watching TV to find out what the weather is going to be is simply too time consuming

Re:how else are you suppused to check the weather? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108066)

Open your curtains?

Re:how else are you suppused to check the weather? (2)

Eustace Tilley (23991) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108572)

Open your curtains?

Hello curtains, is rain forecast for twelve hours from now?

Re:how else are you suppused to check the weather? (1)

RollingThunder (88952) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108604)

If you bother to learn how, you can judge the existing skies to determine what the weather will be in that timeframe.

Re:how else are you suppused to check the weather? (1)

flimflammer (956759) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108650)

Not any more reliably than just checking the phone that is likely right next to you already.

Re:how else are you suppused to check the weather? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108698)

Not only is that more work/less-reliable than checking a forecast, it doesn't tell me anything about the weather two hours away that I need to know about.

Re:how else are you suppused to check the weather? (4, Funny)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108838)

Pfft. You whipper snapers ought to know that swelling of the right knee is the most accurate way to forecast weather. But don't confuse it with the left knee; that one predicts supernatural events. I have to go now. The left one is telling me trolls are nearby.

Re:how else are you suppused to check the weather? (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108928)

Some of us live in an area where weather chances fast and fronts can come in from a variety of directions.

I live within 2 miles of a mountain range, my weather can be 5-10 degrees F different than my workplace 4 miles away, rain and snow patterns are different. Just looking out the window there doesn't give me a good indication of the forecast for the greater Anchorage area.

Re:how else are you suppused to check the weather? (1)

fph il quozientatore (971015) | more than 3 years ago | (#36109156)

I tried double-clicking on them, but it doesn't work

WTF (1)

OrugTor (1114089) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108030)

WTF

Re:WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108120)

When you use a mobile app before falling asleep, it's technically "before getting out of bed", so there's nothing really surprising about the statistic.

Re:WTF (1)

tsa (15680) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108778)

Indeed. What's so special about people going online in bed? People make love before going to sleep and/or before getting out of bed the next morning too. Shouldn't we care about that too? Why don't we see articles about that on /.?

I press the snooze button (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108046)

on the screen of my phone while still in bed basically every week day.

I suspect that's more popular than Facebook...

Re:I press the snooze button (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108104)

Exactly what I was thinking :) I tend to snooze several times..

Slashdot (1)

kvvbassboy (2010962) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108050)

Lol.. and I log into Slashdot. Like I am doing right now.. I know, I am a sad, sad person.

Re:Slashdot (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108286)

The trick is to keep your electronics just out of reach. Then you get a little extra motivation to actually get out of bed in the morning.

Re:Slashdot (2)

khr (708262) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108398)

The trick is to keep your electronics just out of reach.

... And your partner within reach... Extra motivation not to get out of bed in the morning...

Re:Slashdot (1)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108458)

Remember who you're talking to; this is Slashdot, where people do not have "partners" that are not battery powered.

Re:Slashdot (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 3 years ago | (#36109006)

Battery powered? Don't forget the steampunk contingent. Just put a bit of fuel in the little coke furnace and let it build up some steam for a moment.

Re:Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108554)

How about a flying alarm clock [youtube.com] ?

in bed? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108056)

I can assure you that in my house the most popular in-bed activity is definitely NOT social networks.

Re:in bed? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108124)

You mean you're not getting any? That's a shame.

Brain warmup (5, Interesting)

mehrotra.akash (1539473) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108060)

When you are sleepy (about to sleep, or just up), doing something non brain intensive like Facebook lets your brain ramp up to the real world with an intermediate step.

For some people its the news, for some its their mail, for some its coffee, and now for some its Facebook

Re:Brain warmup (1)

Lundse (1036754) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108246)

Yup.

My grogginess, morning personality and lack of selfcontrol re. the snooze button all benefit immensely from having a few webcomics and some light news to lure my brain to wake up. Makes the next step (actually waking up) a bit easier. Together with sleep-as-an-droid, they have made my mornings much better.

I can only presume the outraged luddites commenting here feel equally horrified by reading a the paper, a book or a comic as part of a wake-up ritual...

Re:Brain warmup (5, Funny)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108352)

Oh, come on. It's not a "brain warmup". It's "OMG I've been asleep for eight hours WHAT HAPPENED WHILE I WAS OFFLINE! I must know!" I took a trip to an offshore island where there was no cell phone service, and one of my companions was beside herself because she couldn't check facebook, couldn't update her status to tell everyone she was on an island, couldn't upload photos and get jealous comments from her acquaintances. This is a person who took shots of every dish we were served at dinner...WTF? Halfway through the ferry trip to the mainland, her phone got service again. You should have seen her face, she was ecstatic like a serious journalist on Obama's election night.

Re:Brain warmup (1)

Metabolife (961249) | more than 3 years ago | (#36109144)

Funny, I've done this twice already. It's just really relaxing for 5 minutes before getting up.

It could be the vibrator app (0)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108084)

It could be the vibrator app.

Santa? (1)

jaksongitr (945731) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108094)

How do they know when you're specifically in bed? Sounds kind of alarming actually...

Re:Santa? (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108152)

Umm.. they ask you? The summary even says "according to a survey [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Santa? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108166)

How do they know when you're specifically in bed? Sounds kind of alarming actually...

It was a survey.

No thank you... (1)

Ceiynt (993620) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108118)

My phone doesn't even come into the bedroom with me. It stays in the living room at night. If it's so deathly important for someone to get a hold of me, I have a door bell.

Re:No thank you... (1)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108232)

Agreed. I don't have a smartphone (and it will quite possibly be hell freezes over before I get one willingly) but as soon as I get home it's tossed onto the kitchen counter and generally ignored until the nxt morning. There is a landline beside my bed and if it's *THAT* f'ing important you can call me on it. Otherwise you wait until morning.

Re:No thank you... (1)

Combatso (1793216) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108278)

You take your doorbell to bed with you?

I'd rather get a quiet text message than have someone ring my doorbell.. to each their own I suspect.

Re:No thank you... (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 3 years ago | (#36109036)

I'd rather use the doorbell as a filter. If it's important enough to matter, you'll do more than text message me.

Re:No thank you... (4, Funny)

Combatso (1793216) | more than 3 years ago | (#36109218)

what if my text reads "dude, your doorbell is broken?"

Re:No thank you... (1)

xouumalperxe (815707) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108424)

That's a great idea, if everyone important in your life lives within a distance that's drivable in an emergency.

Re:No thank you... (0)

erroneus (253617) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108478)

I hate people like you. It takes time to do things like travel. Your friends and families have emergencies from time to time but you seem pretty comfortable not caring about them and so you probably deserve neither. But there are quite a few people like you -- my own brother is such a person. Funny thing is, while he manages to take that approach for his life, he seems to get awfully bent when other people don't answer their phones. And of course, he is just fine with not keeping people up to date and keeping in touch.

The only way for that lifestyle to work is if you are the center of the universe. I'm sure you are the center of your own universe, but unless you are the center of everyone else's, you are likely missing out on a lot and of course you also don't seem to mind alienating others. You must be a really happy person.

Re:No thank you... (1)

kenj0418 (230916) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108806)

Settle down. This is slashdot. If an emergency needs his immediate attention, his mom will just come downstairs and wake him up.

Re:No thank you... (1)

alen (225700) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108856)

who talks on the phone these days? phones are for surfing the net, reading books, reading newspapers, watching movies, listening to music, twitter, facebook and whatever else i'm missing. my phone is used for talking maybe an hour a month

Guilty. (1)

swanzilla (1458281) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108140)

alarm >> /. >> woot >>drudge >> shower

Email & Texting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108160)

Generally the first thing I do is check the time. Since I'm some kind of hipster apparently I more or less only have my cell phone as a bedside clock. Then after realizing I'm late to be getting up, I immediately notice the four hundred emails and texts that poured in throughout the night, and proceed to go through each and every one before crawling out of bed and facing the harsh reality that is THE COLD TOILET SEAT.

Facebook isn't on that list. I could give two shits less.

Re:Email & Texting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108732)

"Couldn't give," you hipster swine.

Users? (1)

softWare3ngineer (2007302) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108186)

How many users is that? I had trouble finding figures for the total number of android users.

Meow (1)

redcaboodle (622288) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108190)

Only if the alarm clock on my smart phone counts. I need to have it near me 24/7 (for that one time in 2 years there's a server emergency), so I may as well use it instead of the cheap old alarm clock. Never mind the amusing apologies from my boss when he behind-dials my number again.

I don't usually check the weather forecast until I'm out of the bathroom.

personal growth chart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108192)

I use an app to record my personal growth chart... I have to use it in the morning to make sure the measurement is when I'm at my most manly

Re:personal growth chart (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108252)

Keep at it, and one of these days I'm sure it'll be as long as your iPhone.

Oh, No. (1)

pr0fessor (1940368) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108222)

"The most popular in-bed activity is accessing social networks." Thanks, my wife has hidden my Andriod and she turned it off.

euphemisms (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108236)

"The most popular in-bed activity is accessing social networks."

Is that what the kids are calling "hooking up" these days?

Re:euphemisms (1)

Combatso (1793216) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108310)

kinda changes the dynamic of 'poke' doesnt it

Skewed sample (2, Funny)

davevr (29843) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108268)

These are Americans - how many get out of bed during the day at all? Because that could skew things...

Cultural ignorance! (1)

Chemisor (97276) | more than 3 years ago | (#36109164)

HEY! Not getting out of bed is not an american tradition. It's a Russian tradition [wikimedia.org] , centuries old.

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108302)

Of course, you gotta tell the CIA and the FBI what you have planned for the day! Duh!

Numbers are higher for nighttime checkins (1)

itwbennett (1594911) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108322)

Also, not surprisingly, 72% check Facebook [itworld.com] from bed before going to sleep and 20% check Twitter. That's what happens when you keep your smartphone on your nightstand and/or work on your laptop into the wee hours.

Re:Numbers are higher for nighttime checkins (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36109044)

If I can't sleep, I'll use Wikipanion and read about something boring. Like obscure WW1 or WW2 airplanes, warship or tanks.

Last night SMS Goeben battlecruiser.

In the morning I check Twitter breaking news quick to see what blew up, then off to the shower.

Which is it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108342)

Thirty-five percent of Android and iPhone owners in the U.S. use apps such as Facebook on their smartphone before even getting out of bed

Eighteen percent of users log in while they are still in bed,

35 or 18?

Re:Which is it? (1)

Coren22 (1625475) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108576)

35% check an application that shows you the most recent updates
18% actually log into their account to update their status

When infant children scream you out of bed... (2)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108350)

...the last thing you're going to do is pause to check who bought a new pig in farmville.

What age bracket did they survey?

Re:When infant children scream you out of bed... (1)

Combatso (1793216) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108490)

When my infant screams me awake My wife brings him in to our bed... I dont want to disturb his sleep, so I will do some surfin, news checkin, hockey scores, etc on my iPod for that last 15 - 20 minutes of quiet time.

Re:When infant children scream you out of bed... (1)

PetiePooo (606423) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108510)

When infant children scream you out of bed...

I was thinking the same thing. Either these people don't have young children. Or they ARE young children...

Re:When infant children scream you out of bed... (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 3 years ago | (#36109062)

No kids, never will have them around, so its easy read myself to sleep and check the news when getting up.

Re:When infant children scream you out of bed... (1)

Telvin_3d (855514) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108878)

And? What percentage of the population do you think has children young enough to wake them on a regular basis? I'd be shocked if it's as high as 5%

I thought I was the only one... (1)

singhulariti (1963000) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108380)

Turns out there are others who need to get a life...

That's silly (1)

kehren77 (814078) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108382)

Why would you need to use mobile apps before you get to the bathroom? I know that's where my mobile app use starts.

Slashdot geeks love (1)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108392)

iWank!

I use an app in Bed before gettign up. (1)

drolli (522659) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108420)

Technically, pressing snooze on the built-in alarm clock qualifies as "using an app", but luckily its not connected to facebook.

Re:I use an app in Bed before gettign up. (1)

ChinggisK (1133009) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108480)

Technically, pressing snooze on the built-in alarm clock qualifies as "using an app", but luckily its not connected to facebook.

Yet.

Americans... (0, Flamebait)

the_hellspawn (908071) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108482)

are freakin' retarded. No, I will take that back retards are smarter than these people. These 35% of users really need to self remove themselves from the gene pool as soon as possible.

What about this poll... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108516)

% of people who play Angry Birds while on the loo...

not really shocking (1)

Combatso (1793216) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108536)

small portable information screens can be used in bed.. I read books on my iPod, sometimes i read in bed. am i supposed to get up before I read something? I would say this is better for mental health than listening to the Morning Zoo, with Hawkeye and the Beej, or turning on a TV to watch Royal Wedding news.

And 35% more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36108546)

Also use apps on the toilet I know I do.

Applications? Not really... (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108666)

Applications are supposed to be for productive work on your computer. Facebook is neither productive nor work. Really, it is better called a game.

Re:Applications? Not really... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36109152)

He is talking about mobile apps. Facebook has a mobile app on multiple platforms. Amazingly you have absolutely no authority to make up that definition for the rest of the engilsh speaking world.

Surveyed Population (1)

eepok (545733) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108846)

I wonder if their survey population included only those who use Facebook via a smart phone and not "all Android and iPhone users".

I'd also like to know what kind of question they used to derive such a conclusion.

"Have you ever..." and "Do you regularly..." are often interchanged in marketing surveys for this very purpose.

Re:Surveyed Population (1)

eepok (545733) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108870)

From the report (http://www.ericsson.com/res/docs/2011/silicon_valley_brochure_letter.pdf):

"To date in 2011, 35 percent of US Android/iPhone users interact with non-voice applications on their smartphones before getting out of bed. The most common activity here is checking Facebook â" 18 percent of social networking users log in while their heads are still on the pillow."

That can easily mean that people turn off their alarms in bed. 18% of SOCIAL NETWORKING USERS log in while in bed.

Completely different from the summary.

Re:Surveyed Population (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 3 years ago | (#36109110)

They soliticted the survey participants with an ad on Facebook.

The Zuck probably even gave them the free ad space.

Weirdo? (1)

war4peace (1628283) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108902)

Am I the only one who doesn't really use Facebook? I have an account but I never login unless I receive some strange friend request and HAVE to log in to reject it.
I think Facebook is some sort of "I have nothing to do with my time so I go to Facebook to make time pass". I find 24 hours to not be enough for all the important things. Facebook is NOT one of those things. At all.
I think that makes me a weirdo nowadays...

Me, too. (1)

non-registered (639880) | more than 3 years ago | (#36108996)

The Alarm Clock.

first order of business (1)

carpefishus (1515573) | more than 3 years ago | (#36109168)

The first order of business upon waking up is to pee. The sample group must have all been dehydrated.
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