The UK's Smartphone Addiction



The UK's Smartphone Addiction




A new report from Deloitte has found that more people than ever are addicted to their smartphones. This means that if you wake up in the night and immediately check your phone, you're not alone!


The report found that one in three adults check for messages at night, and that their addiction is causing rows with their partners.


Paul Lee, head of technology, media and telecommunications research at Deloitte said; "What smartphones enable people to do is to keep tags of what's happening, what people are saying, what people are posting. You can do that throughout the day and what smartphones are encouraging people to do is to do that at night".

The report had the following key findings:

  • Almost half of 18-24 year olds check their phone in the middle of the night.
  • 27% of smartphones include a fingerprint reader, of which 76% are used.
  • Connected home devices still haven’t taken off, with just 2% of adults owning smart lights and smart appliances.
  • As of mid-2016, almost half of UK adults had access to at least one type of connected entertainment product.
  • 4G adoption has more than doubled in the last year, from 25% to 54%.
  • 31% of smartphone users make no traditional voice calls in a given week. This contrasts with a quarter in 2015, and just 4% in 2012.
  • The majority of survey participants have downloaded 20 or fewer apps.
  • By mid-2016, almost two-thirds of UK adults had access to a tablet, but penetration growth had slowed down..


Content provided by: Deloitte and BBC