"People have become very attached and very attuned to their phones, and they see some real benefits from that," Smith said. "But they also express some ambivalence about what that attachment involves. They love to hate the convenience and connectivity their phones give them."

Aaron Smith, Senior Research Specialist at the Pew Internet and American Life Project, in a piece by Adrienne LaFrance for the Mercury News

LaFrance also points to an Atlantic piece a few months ago that called mobile phones “the most distinctive social tic since cigarettes.”

For more on our love/hate relationship with our mobile phones, read the latest report from the Pew Internet and American Life project: http://pewrsr.ch/Rwl2Fk