Smartphones and Sex: How the tech in your pocket affects life in (and out of) your pants

One week ago we asked you about how your smartphone factors into your dating, romance, and sex lives. And while we expected quite a response, we didn't expect this much of a response. More than 17,000 of you took part in our survey in the past week, and the results were interesting, to say the least.

There are plenty of interesting correlations and divergences based on age groups and platform choice. Some are not at all surprises, others caught us by surprise. For example…

  • When on a date, those aged 18 to 24 years are 35% less likely to actively use their smartphone while on a date than those 35 and older.
  • Opinions of relationship statuses drop quickly, with 27% of ages 18 to 24 believe them to be asking for trouble, vs. more than half of those 55 and older. BlackBerry users are 22% more likely to believe so.
  • All age groups hold an ideal of an in-person break-up being ideal and using a phone call, text, or email as less so, yet the actual rates show hypocrisy in practice, though the younger you are, the more likely you are to have been in a breakup over text messages.
  • Nearly half of those who carry sensitive photos of their significant others on their smartphone do so without the protection of a PIN or password.
  • Men are 50% more likely to want to receive frequent sexts than women (no surprise there).
  • Universal platform agnostic solutions like MMS, email, and Skype are the most popular for sexting, except that BlackBerry users show a preference for BBM. Skype is also the overwhelming favorite for cybersex, although iPhone users prefer FaceTime by a slim margin.
  • Men are 78% more likely to look at porn on their smartphones than women.
  • BlackBerry, iPhone, and Windows Phone all have a shortage of porn apps, so users get their porn predominately through web browsers, Tumblr, and Reddit.

Check out the huge interactive infographic below (it's huge, it'll probably take a little while to load) — several of the charts allow you to cycle through data displayed by age groups and platform choice — and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

  • Uh ok...
  • Ummmmmmmm...
    Look at that fat a$$ on that 1520..
  • Yo mama?
  • No yours..... Nice and plump.
  • I like that lol
  • Is that a Nokia Lumia 1520 in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
  • Lol... Corny.
  • 6tindr , what?
  • Best app ;) it rocks
  • Wish I could download it :/
  • Ahahahahahahaha!!! Most ridiculous survey ever, I love it!
  • Let us not forget the benefits of the Lumia low light camera advantages! Lol
  • + ^9,000
  • Nokia phones making babies cool soon there will alot of baby Lumias running around. I love the pic, Lol.
  • the 620 would be their love child xD
  • Ever heard about punctuation ?
  • Wut.Not sure if Mobile Nation helping each Mobile nation know themselves... Or (78%~ lack of porn app sound like a business opportunities for porn websites)
  • Sexting. If she sends you a "Naked" you're golden.
  • Other than texting/calling a hookup, my smartphone has no impact on my sex life.  I suppose if Grindr or Jack'd ever made it over to WP, then I could say it actually had an effect.  Scruff sucks badly in my area :P
  • Same here. Hopefully Adam4Adam Radar will finally work with IE11 on WP8.1.
  • +920
  • Notty tech! Lawl!
  • #ToGrindrWithLove!
  • You published sex survey but missed out on how Viber was purchased by a Japanese company!!? May I add the same company that purchased Pinterest and Kobo!?
  • Hahaha I love the picture lool :D however i don't have a girlfriend actually, so i use my Lumia 920... ;D
  • Ummmm....oh boy
  • Hmm.
  • Here's an idea for Microsoft's next campgain: "Skype: keeping your cybersex up."   Also "BlackBerry, iPhone, and Windows Phone all have a shortage of porn apps"...I wasn't aware WP had any porn apps at all. I thought that was against Microsoft's Terms of Use. Which is stupid, honestly. Windows Phone would sell much more with porn apps in store. Like it or not, sex sells.
  • +520
  • My 1520 gets me sooo much play! Great conversation starter.
  • same with my 1020! LOL
  • I'm married ... I don't have a sex life... : (
  • dont worry iPhone 6 will have updated Siri where she sucks you off
  • If you're married and not getting any there's a good chance that's your own fault.
  • Lol this is just too funny.
  • Hehe
  • Thanx to twitter and WP7 I started dating my wife.
  • Image stabilized sex tapes of ex
  • Sexxy time, very nice!
  • Back with this again? Didn't we just had this topic. Get your journalism back to better grades. Started to run out of ideas here WPcentral? Makes one wonder. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Read the article.
  • We may need a questionnaire like with tick boxes confirming people have read the article before they can comment.
  • We get it. ಠ益ಠ
  • We need to be able to watch chaturbate on our phones... Get to it Microsoft!!!
  • Seriously? Get out and go to a party or a bar or something and leave your phone out of it!
  • What!? Nothing on the vibrate function!?!?
  • Thanks to my Nokia Lumia 1020 I don;t have to resort to punchin' my munchkin!!!
  • So you want to discuss how technolgy impacts our daily love and sex life? On a plattform where not only adults are reading the articles? Seriously, who lets this guy publish this stuff?
  • Cmon we all know what sex is
  • Of course we do. But I for myself would rather like to read about actual news about our OS and not how many guys use their phones to watch porn. Only positive thing about this article, now I think twice before I touch someones phone...
  • You see? Positive thought
  • Touché^^
  • I agree with you. I come here to read about technology, my favorite platform, apps, success of windows phone. Not crap.
  • Sex is crap? I feel bad for you. ಠ益ಠ
  • The graphic didn't load on my 925. I better uninstall more weather apps...
  • roses are red and quite thorny ,but derek Kessler oh my god is too horny !
  • Lol
  • And apparently not getting much either. I'd never recommend to anyone to buy a used phone from him.
  • That's what she said.
  • Hahaha oh man, all the comment here have that " if you know what mean" vibe..
  • Derek Kessler.. Like your "life in and out of your pants" heading. That says everything. WP fans wish you all a successful life.
  • HAHAHAHAHAHAHAH Sharing this on Fb
  • Getting kinda personal aren't we! Posted via the WPC App for Android!