(VOCATIV) — Yet another survey has confirmed: millennials are foul-breathed, tech obsessives. According to the O2 Mobile Life Report, fewer than 5 percent of survey respondents between the ages of 18 and 24 would be OK with having a close friend accessing their smartphone. Twice as many say they would allow a friend to share their toothbrush. Ew.
O2 is a UK-based company (not that research indicates the Brits are any worse off when it comes to oral health) that has previously found equally depressing statistics, like the fact that the average smartphone user typically spends more time on his or her device than with their romantic partner. And the new results from this survey show that our relationship with our phones is probably just as intimate. When asked why they would not allow friends access to their devices, 43 percent stated that concern that their personal messages would be seen. Nearly as many stated that the notion of a friend having access to personal photographs caused their hesitancy to share their cell phone.
But having that same friend slobber their oral bacteria onto a brush they would then plunge into their own mouth is A-OK.
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