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6 reasons not to buy a smartphone

Maybe you check email enough
Maybe you check email enough

Sure, the ability to settle an argument or find the lyrics to that song from 1992 on Google from anywhere, anytime is amazing. It's nearly a superpower that anyone can put in their pocket all the time. The flipside of being connected all the time is that you're connected all the time. Are there any moments that should be Internet-free?

A June 2012 survey found that most people would say no: 58 percent of smartphone users said they don't go an hour without checking their phones, according to the survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Lookout.com, a mobile security company.

The survey also found that 30 percent of smartphone users check their phone while dining with others, and 54 percent check their phone in bed. And recent studies suggest obsessive smartphone use can sometimes be a source of friction between couples.

"Maybe you do not like to always be connected. And that could be valid if you are not working in a field that you have to be. If you cannot get email on your phone, then that is a great way to explain why you cannot be reached," Stein says.

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