Survey Indicates Britons Addicted to Their Smartphones

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22nd June 2012 13:38 - Telecommunications

According to a recent survey by insurance company Sheilas’ Wheels, one in eight Britons believe that their partner spends more time on his/her smartphone than with them.

The survey findings revealed that 90% of respondents admitted to answered phone calls during a social occasion, 34% send text messages or emails during a face-to-face conversation and 27% claimed to keep an eye out for the red light blinking on their phones during dinner or while watching a movie.

Jacky Brown of Sheilas' Wheels commented: "The addiction to our phones is not just taking its toll on our social lives, but is also making us more susceptible to fraud and burglary. Many people seem to enter their own bubble when they pick up the phone and don't look around to see who could be listening or watching what's being typed.”

The UK survey further revealed gender differences in smartphone use. Men keep their smartphone near them 17 hours per day and one in five sleeps with their phones next to them. In contrast, women keep their phones at hand for 15 hours a day and 16% sleep with their phones next to them.

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