London - Nearly half of all women would rather go a month with no sex than be without their phones for the same amount of time.
About 48 percent said their iPhone or Android was more important to them than intimacy with another person.
A survey found that one in 20 women adore the devices so much that they sleep in bed with them nestled up to their bodies.
The study shows starkly just how much smartphones are now dominating our lives.
More than ever we depend on them for everything - meaning that it is impossible for us to put them down.
The study asked 3 583 women over 30 about their habits when it came to their cellphones.
The findings showed that 76 percent of women look at their phone every hour and half of those cannot go 15 minutes without checking their handset.
About 69 percent of those polled sleep with their phones in their bedrooms, and 39 percent look at their phones when they are the bathroom.
Among the responses to the survey were women who said that being constantly online meant they had “lost faith in humanity”.
Another woman said that “life is more robotic” now she has to check email and social media all the time.
Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, the survey found that only 27 percent of respondents said they were addicted to smartphones.
Asked if they would go back to a time before the Internet, a resounding 71 percent said no.
One of the reasons could be that mobile users check their devices so often is that they suffer withdrawal symptoms if they don’t get their fix of social networking.
Previous research has found that those who turn off their mobile phones and other electronic devices suffer effects similar drug addicts going cold turkey within 24 hours.
Three quarters of Britons are expected to own a smartphone by 2015.
The latest research was commissioned by the Huffington Post and online magazine Real Simple. - Daily Mail