Social media better than sex?

It's not surprising that so many people rely on social media, for both work and play, every day - a statistic highlighted in the latest Retrevo Gadgetology Report on social-media usage.

It's not surprising that so many people rely on social media, for both work and play, every day - a statistic highlighted in the latest Retrevo Gadgetology Report on social-media usage. What people are willing to interrupt for the sake of virtual connectivity, however, may give a few texting thumbs pause.

Among social-media users, almost half say they check Facebook and/or Twitter from bed at night and/or as soon as they wake up in the morning, with 16 percent of users saying these sites are, in fact, how they get their news for the day.

More than half of social-media users report needing to check Facebook at least once every day, and more than 10 percent say they have to log on every few hours. Of course, iPhone users are even more attached at the hip, with more frequent usage than any other group in the 1,000-person study.

40 percent of respondents don't mind being interrupted for a message. But it depends on the time and the place. One in three respondents will take a message during a meal, and one in 14 during sex (this number jumps to one in 10 for those under 25). This may say as much about the quality of food and foreplay as it does the person interrupting them.

For more of this story, read Is social media better than sex? on CNET News.

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