The British public has an addiction problem, it’s increasing all the time and it costs us a fortune each year. We are of course referring to your smartphone.
A new study has revealed that the average Brit checks their phone 50 times in one day. In total that adds up to over two hours just solidly staring at our screens.
To put that into context, you’ll spend two working days every week just looking at that screen.
Our addiction doesn’t stop their either, we’re now so addicted to our gadgets that over a fifth of people regularly use their phone on the loo and nearly 20 per cent will happily use their phone while out having dinner with friends.
Other findings from the survey may come as less of a surprise, including the news that just under a third of us will check our phones just before we go to bed.
Unsurprisingly it’s the youth of today that are responsible for most of these figures with 46 per cent of 18-24 year olds checking their phones every 15 minutes.
So just how much do we value these devices? Well this is where things get really surprising. One in ten people said they’d rather give up sex than their mobiles while a quarter would happily give up sweets if it meant they never lost their smartphone.