Once upon a time, gadgets in bed meant kinky not nerdy

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Survey results out this morning are not exactly shocking in that they show smart phones and laptops have joined bread crumbs and toenail clippings as a major source of marital friction in the bedroom.

But maybe some of this should be shocking.

More than one quarter of 300 London city workers surveyed admitted spending significant time working on a mobile phone or laptop while in bed, according to this press release from endpoint security vendor Credant Technologies.

The survey discovered that of those people who do work in bed, 57% do so for between two and six hours every week; little wonder that the survey also found that the majority of their bed companions found their partners' obsession with their mobiles "a very annoying habit." A staggering 8% of people admitted that they spend more time on their mobile devices during the evening than talking to their partners!

Almost half the respondents (44%) admitted they are holding important work documents on their mobile devices of which 54% were not adequately secured with encryption. ... Additionally snooping neighbors or even malicious infiltrators could hack into the devices that are being used in bed, as a fifth of people are not using a secure wireless network as they busily tap away under their duvets.

The release makes no mention of the impact this geeky bedroom behavior is having on amorous bedroom behavior, but one can only imagine that the former cannot be conducive to canoodling (and yes I understand the Internet has porn).

At least one blogger has taken the new survey as his cue to confess:

I am cheating on my wife, with my iPhone. Dammit, I admit it, I sleep with my iPhone, OK?  When I finish working of a night, which is often around 2 a.m, I tend to unwind by reading the latest news or catching up with Twitter in bed. The iPhone is the perfect device for this, small and unobtrusive enough (in terms of both light emission and, courtesy of the touch keyboard, noise) not to bother my other half.

No word from the other half.

(Update: Let the headline contest begin with: "Workers expose all the wrong things in bed.")

(Update 2: Wired writer Charlie Sorrel says he's a morning guy when it comes to gadgets in bed.)

(Update 3: Press releases do not usually come with cartoons, but this one did and it manages to be cheesy, cheeky and creepy all at the same time. Moreover, I'm wondering why the cartoonist decided to depict a woman as the laptop freak and her spouse as the "victim." I can't make out the signature, but I'm going to guess the cartoon was drawn by a man.) 

(Update 4: Bedtime isn't the only time you might want to think about giving the gadgets a rest. From another survey: "Sixty-one percent of marketing and advertising executives polled recently said they check in with work at least once a day while on (vacation). This compares to 47 percent of executives in 2006 and 38 percent in 2001." ... Hey, you're really not that important.)

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