People in the UK have never been more addicted to their phones, according to a Deloitte report.

Out of 4,000 UK customers, one in three adults now checks for messages during the night and use devices while with friends or watching TV.

SmartphonesSmartphones and cloud technology is making it easier for employees to check on work or home tasks anywhere. This increase is thought to be aided by the ‘always available’ facilities that cloud provides, along with the fear of missing out.

“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,” Paul Lee, head of technology, media and telecommunications research at Deloitte.

Key findings:

  • One in three UK adults has argued with their partner about using their mobile phone too much, according to Deloitte.
  • The rows were most common among 25-34-year-olds the report found, while 11% of over 65s admitted arguments about overusing phones.
  • About a tenth of respondents admitted using their handsets “always” or “very often” while eating at home or in restaurants.
  • One in 10 smartphone owners admitted reaching for their phone as soon as they woke up, with a third grabbing the device within five minutes of waking.
  • Growth in new smartphone users slowed to seven percent in June 2016 from nine percent previously

Four out of five UK adults now have a smartphone – equivalent to 37 million people – but despite their popularity, the report warned the smartphone market was reaching saturation point.

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