New research suggests we are a nation addicted to smartphones.
More than half of adults and two thirds of teenagers say they have used their smartphone while socialising with others.
Nearly a quarter of adults and a third of teenagers have used them during mealtimes and over a fifth of adults admitted using or answering their handset in the bathroom.
The research found that the line between work and social time is also becoming increasingly blurred with 30% of smartphone users saying they regularly take personal calls during working hours and work calls while they are on holiday.
James Thickett, Director of Research with the media regulator Ofcom says this is has affected the type of contracts that phone companies offer.
- Smartphone ‘addiction’ revealed (mirror.co.uk)
- Third of adults ‘use smartphone’ says Ofcom report (textually.org)
- Smartphone users admit addiction (independent.co.uk)
- Report: Teenagers ‘addicted’ to smartphones; Parents almost as bad (zdnet.com)