PEOPLE ARE SO ADDICTED to smartphones that they take them into the toilet, a survey by telecoms regulator Ofcom has found.
According to the findings, 37 per cent of adults and 60 per cent of teenagers are "highly addicted" to smartphones, going to extraordinary lengths to get their next hit.
Over a quarter of adults - 27 per cent - and almost half of teenagers - 47 per cent - now own a smartphone, according to Ofcom's Communications Market Report.
Users of the moreish devices make significantly more calls and send more texts than regular mobile users, with 81 per cent of smartphone users making calls every day compared with 53 per cent of 'regular' users.
Teenagers admitted to Ofcom that they are even swapping traditionally antisocial habits in favour of their smartphone, with 23 per cent claiming to watch less TV and 15 per cent admitting they read fewer books.
Smartphones might be a catalyst for losing friends too. Over half - 51 per cent - of adults and two thirds - 65 per cent - of teenagers say they have used their smartphone while socialising with others, nearly a quarter - 23 per cent - of adults and a third - 34 per cent - of teenagers have used them during mealtimes and over a fifth - 22 per cent - of adult and nearly half - 47 per cent - of teenage smartphone users admitted using or answering their handset in the toilet.
The vast majority of smartphone users - 81 per cent - have their mobile switched on all the time, even when they are in bed, with four in ten adults - 38 per cent - and teens - 40 per cent - admitting using their smartphone after it woke them. Don't tell us romance isn't dead. µ
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