It's no secret that moms are a tech-savvy bunch, but you might be surprised to learn exactly how they’re using their digital devices. According to a new survey from Meredith’s Parents Network, young moms are staying digitally connected everywhere no matter where they are—and we mean everywhere.
Meredith’s second Moms & Media survey, which questioned around 1,000 moms born between 1977 and 1994, found that 21 percent of mothers use their smartphones in the bathroom, while 12 percent admitted to using their phones during sex. Although there was (thankfully) no mention of how moms use their phones during those private moments, there’s a good chance that they were indulging in some retail therapy: 81 percent of moms said they mostly used their smartphones for shopping.
Speaking of TMI, when asked about their pet peeves on Facebook (of which eight in 10 moms are members), respondents said that their biggest annoyance was friends including too much personal information in their status updates. Other top peeves included friends sending too many status updates and too many requests to vote in contests or play games. Maybe that's because of their growing number of connections. A year ago, moms had an average of 151 Facebook friends. Now, they have 209. They're also getting fed up with the flood of information from companies’ Facebook accounts, with 55 percent saying they’ve defriended companies who sent too many messages and ads.
Clearly, millennial moms have pretty mixed feelings about the site—57 percent even called it a waste of time—but their Facebook love affair is far from over. Not only are eight out of 10 on the social network, a whopping 89 percent considered their time spent Facebooking to be their “me time.” (No word on whether that “me time” involves using a smartphone in the bathroom.)