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Samsung just sent us one hell of a goofy press release... on a scale of 1-10, this thing rates a 'K'. At first I was reluctant to run with it for fear of being that creepy, awkward blog (hell, some of you got upset over the Android vs. iPhone sex partners thing, when that was obviously in good fun - but I digress). So, without a creeper 'stache in sight around the AP offices, here goes.

Samsung surveyed a number of "working Americans" and found that a whole slew of them (72%) don't hesitate to use their phone while using the toilet. Seriously? I can honestly say I don't think I'll ever be comfortable touching a co-worker's phone anymore, but there's really no way to say "I'd rather not, you probably use your phone while on the toilet," when your boss tells you to "Read this email." and tries to hand you his phone.

Less disgustingly and somewhat unsurprisingly, it turns out that 89% of smartphone users say their device is crucial to business, with 79% saying they their phone to respond to work related emails whether they're at work or not. As a result, dependency on a PC has dropped for most people (72%), and just over half (51%) of all respondents preferred working on their phone even when a PC was nearby.

Full press release:

SMART PHONES HELPING TO MOVE BUSINESS FROM THE BOARDROOM TO THE BATHROOM

New Samsung Mobile “Work from Phone” Survey Reveals Smart Phones Are Dramatically Changing How and Where People Work

DALLAS (Aug. 26, 2010)—Samsung Mobile, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.,[1] today announced the candid results of a new online survey that showed working Americans who own smart phones are breaking old boundaries on when and where it’s appropriate to make and take business calls. According to the results, these professionals conduct their business far, far away from the office setting including while on vacation, the bathroom, during a date, at church or even during sex.

Respondents admit the need to stay connected and productive with their jobs led them to take their business calls into more private settings than ever before, such as a trip to the bathroom or during an intimate moment with their significant other. Close to three quarters (72%) were comfortable taking calls in the commode, while at least one out of every ten people came clean about doing business over the phone at a funeral (16%) or in the throes of passion (10%). Other taboo business calls have taken place in the middle of the night (59%), during a date (38%) and at church (32%).

Other surprising, but less salacious survey results determined the following business behaviors:

The Great Communicators

Given that 78 percent of smart phone using office workers consider their smart phone a critical part of everyday business, it’s no surprise that an overwhelming majority(89%) believe it’s important to be readily available to colleagues, supervisors and clients at all times, even after business hours. In fact, almost eight in ten (79%)immediately respond to a work email on their smart phone regardless of time of day.

Leave Your Computer Behind

According to survey findings, nearly three-quarters (72%) of respondents say that their dependency on their smart phone has reduced the frequency they use an office computer or laptop. Four in ten (40%) also claim they feel most productive working from a smart phone outside the office, rather than at a desk on their computer. Consequently, nearly a third (32%) see their smart phone as more important than their desktop or laptop computer. In fact,  51 percent turn to their smart phone to work on projects instead of their computer, even if their monitor is within reach.

As the smart phone continues to increase in prominence in today’s mobile world, 29 percent of survey respondents say they can envision the day that office computers become obsolete, with smart phones taking their place.  More than seven in ten (71%) office workers with smart phones think companies should automatically supply the phones, rather than laptops, to all employees free of charge.

Samsung Mobile has made it even easier to stay connected with its Galaxy S portfolio of devices. The Android™ 2.1-powered Galaxy S devices are currently available on AT&T and  T-Mobile, will be available on Sprint on August 31 and Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular and Cellular South in 2010. Samsung Mobile has packed powerful, cutting-edge technology into each Galaxy S device, including features such as a stunning 4-inch Super AMOLED display screen, 1GHz Hummingbird Application Processor and a multitude of entertainment, messaging and social networking features and applications.

The survey, commissioned by Samsung Mobile, was conducted by Kelton Research and included 503 Americans ages 18 and older who own a smart phone and work in an office.

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://AndroidSPIN.com Alex Smith

    Haha, the title is great! Keep up the good work!

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Haha thanks ;)

  • R

    It's not like you're wiping with the phone. If someone reads a magazine while on the toilet, do you refuse to touch that magazine? Don't see what the big deal is.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      If it's a magazine on the toilet, I wouldn't touch it unless I was also on the toilet - because afterwards, I'd be washing my hands.

      Also, again, it's an off-topic piece, just for a little entertainment. It surprises me I have to even say so, because to me that's pretty clear.

  • Isaac

    Sorry to tell you, but people's hands are already the most bacteria covered part of their body. Unless these people are literally touching their phones with poop on their hands, there's absolutely nothing they can do with it in the bathroom that will make it any grosser than their touching it at any other time with their filthy hands. This is what immune systems are for.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      And what if they are? TP rips and in panic you're about to drop your phone, so you grab on to it, oops. Now there's a smear.

      Though, I admit, I use my phone on the toilet 100% of the time - how else would I have beaten half of my Android games or responded to those emails?

  • anon e.

    When I saw the title of this article, I had to read ot since I was in fact dropping the kids off at the pool that very moment.

    • Aaron Gingrich

      LOL! And nice avatar ;)

  • Adam Skinner

    Being able to take an article with me while I'm sitting on the porcelain throne is one of the great things about having a smartphone. People have done this with books, magazines, and newspapers for a very long time.

    This prejudice of yours does remind me of a joke, however:

    A guy from the air force and a guy from the army are in the bathroom taking a leak. The army guy sees the air force guy about to leave without washing his hands, and he evidences his superiority by calling out "In the army, they teach us to *wash* out hands after we take a leak." The air force guy looks over his shoulder at him and smirks. "In the air force, they teach us not to piss on our hands."

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Hahaha... and yes, I am a bit of a bubble boy ;)

  • dave

    Yes, and here's to the Browns going to the superbowl!

  • Rob

    I've worked with people whom I've directly observed using the lav and not washing their hands afterward. If it isn't a germ from a smartphone, it'll be a germ from a handshake. :(