Well, would you? Incredibly, it would seem that 15 per cent of millennials would forgo sex rather than give up their phones, and one in ten would even cut off a finger!

These bizarre findings come courtesy of mobile app developer Tappable, which conducted a survey earlier this month. Over 500 males and females aged between 18 and 34 were asked what they would prefer to give up if it meant they could keep their smartphones.

23% of respondents chose their smartphones over one of their five key senses – touch, smell, hearing, sight and taste.

Smell was the most common sense to be sacrificed, polling at 64%.

When asked what else they’d give up, 38% of millennials would give up drinking, 16% would stop travelling and 15% would give up sex.

And 10% said they would happily cut off one finger – of their choice.

One female respondent, who wished to remain anonymous said: “I can’t live without my phone, it’s integrated into every part of my life. To give up travelling, sex or my social life would render my phone useless – they are all completely co-dependent”

Sam Furr, founder of Tappable, said: “Technologies close the gap on distant communities, creating a space that the younger generation can collaborate, interact and share. Something no other generation has experienced”.

The findings were generally unaffected by gender, with the differences in responses being negligible, except when sex was concerned, with just 10% of male respondents choosing their phone over sex, versus 18% of females.

In another recent study by Tappable, it was found that 80% of male smartphone owners used dating apps the most, so the balance between talking about it – and doing it is being kept in careful balance, at least by men.