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12/19/2012

Don't expect all Canadians to improve bad habits with phones: study

Nokia New Year's Resolutions.FINALSleep with your phone under the pillow? Text your friends during dinner? It might be time to put that bad habit behind you.

A new study suggests some Canadians are aiming to fix bad habits they have with their tech gadgets in the new year.

The study, commissioned by Nokia, found that not all Canadians hope to change up their bad habits with their phones.

Not surprisingly, about 22 per cent of Canadians aged 18-34 send text messages while in the movie theatre, and just under 50 per cent are going to stop doing so next year. So prepare to kick some seats in front of you since this habit doesn't seem to be going away.

The study also found that 41 per cent of Canadians keep their phones within arm's reach all the time. Yes, that includes when they're trying to get some shut-eye...or not so much.

So – does anyone plan to sleep with their phone a little less? The study suggests that 58 per cent plan to continue doing so in the new year.

Between the provinces, it seems that those in Western Canada use their phone most. The average Albertan uses their phone for 62 minutes a day, while the average Quebec resident uses their phone for just 29 minutes a day.

Probably the most annoying smartphone habit might be vanishing in 2013. The study found that while 18 per cent of us admit to texting others while having a conversation with someone in person, about 78 per cent are willing to – or considering – stopping this habit in the new year.

What are your new year's resolutions?

 - Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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