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BYOD policies support majority of Americans who can’t go 24 hours without their phone

Eric Tabor  |  July 16, 2014

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A recent survey from Bank of America found that 96 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 consider mobile phones to be very important. While that may not be so surprising, the fact that only 90 percent of the respondents in the same group reported deodorant as also being very important. The report involved interviews with 1,000 adults who owned smartphones and found that they were more important than most anything, including toothbrushes, television and coffee.

The survey also discovered that 35 percent of Americans check their smartphones constantly throughout the day. Forty-seven percent of respondents said they wouldn't be able to last an entire day without their mobile phone, and 13 percent went so far as to say they couldn't even last an hour.

As the Bank of America report proves, people are more attached to their devices than ever. Millennials are especially dependent on their phones and tablets, and they are also the group making up the biggest portion of new workers. Companies are increasingly able to benefit from implementing BYOD policies, as employees who have grown accustomed to their particular phone expect to be able to continue using that phone at work. Allowing workers to keep their own device increases productivity, as they aren't constantly checking an alternate phone, as well as boosting employee satisfaction.

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