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Poll: Mobile Phones a Common Obsession Throughout the World

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- All over the world, people have got to have it -- "it" being their mobile phones. A Time mobility poll that surveyed 5,000 people spanning eight countries finds that a whopping 84 percent can’t go one day with their mobile device at hand.

Our addiction to mobile phones is astonishing, with 25 percent of respondents saying they check it every half hour and one in five admitting that they need to take a peek every ten minutes.

It seems that our mobile devices go everywhere we go no matter where we live: Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom and of course, the good, old U.S.A.

This obsession carries over to our downtime too, with Time saying that three out of four people ages 25 to 29 will take their phones to bed with them.

As far as sexting and sending provocative photos of ourselves, Americans have a way to go to catch up to the rest of the world.

For instance, Brazil leads the pack with 64 percent of phone owners there claiming to have sent naughty images of themselves, 54 percent saying the same in India and 45 percent in South Africa.

Only 25 percent of Americans in the Time poll admit to sexting.

Overall, the need to be constantly connected is a little less crucial in America, with 76 percent agreeing that it’s a good thing, compared to 90 percent of phone owners in Brazil and India.

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