A new report published by Ofcom has revealed that 60% of teenage smartphone users admitted that they are highly addicted to their mobile phone, compared to 37% of adults. The survey, which questioned 2,073 adults and 521 children also revealed that the smarphone is one of the most popular methods of communication in society today, and people are using it in almost every place or situation, say Just Call.
A spokesperson for Just Call comments: The results of this survey by Ofcom are really very interesting, because they show just how often people are choosing to use their mobile phones. Ofcom has revealed that 27% of adults and 47% of teenagers in the UK have a smartphone, and 59% of smartphone owners received them over the past year. But what’s really exciting is the study found that while 80% of those surveyed have their phone all day, everyday, 47% of those questioned admitted to using their smartphone when they were using the toilet, which is extraordinary.
In addition to the increasing use of smartphones in everyday life, with 81% of smartphone users admitting to making more calls and sending more texts compared to 53% of regular mobile phone users, the survey also identified how technology was beginning to change the way that people communicated and and spent their free time. With 30% of teenage respondents stating that they spent less time playing video games, compared to 23% saying that they didn’t watch as much TV as they used to.
The spokesperson at Just Call continues: The impact of the smartphone has been considerable over the last few years, and since 2005, they have grown in popularity, use, style and efficiency, giving them a 3.7 million stake of the mobile phone market by December 2010. In fact, the survey also found that smartphone users were much more likely to take personal calls during work hours, and to also engage in work-related calls when they were at home. While this may sound a little surprising, the fact that smartphones have become so popular shows that people are looking for gadgets that can help make everyday lives a little bit easier, and if a phone can help find a new restaurant or unearth great deals on international calls, then the rise of smartphone use can only be a good thing.