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One In Three Adults Have Smartphones In The UK

August 4, 2011

Ofcom, a UK government telecoms watchdog, reports that one in three adults in the U.K. now use smartphones.

According to the new research, 60 percent of teenagers in Britain described themselves as “highly addicted” to their smartphone device.

The choice smartphone for Britons was the iPhone to browse Facebook and email.

The study shows that 47 percent of teenagers admitted to using their devices in the toilet, while only 22 percent of adults confessed to the same thing.

Ofcom surveyed 2,073 adults and 521 children and teenagers in March this year. 

“Ofcom’s report shows the influence that communications technology now has on our daily lives, and on the way we behave and communicate with each other,” James Thickett, Ofcom’s director of research, said in a statement.

“Our research into the use of smartphones, in particular, reveals how quickly people become reliant on new technology ““ to the point of feeling addicted. As more and more people acquire smartphones, they are becoming an essential tool in peoples’ social lives whether they are out with friends socializing or using Facebook on the move.”

The watchdog said that one in four teenagers and almost one in five adults admitted to using their smartphones during a film or play.

Ofcom said the tendency for people in Britain to use their smartphones raises issues of “social etiquette and modern manners.”

Britons sent an average of five text messages a day last year, according to the research.

“The research is saying that people are keeping their phones on longer and becoming addicted to them. This isn’t a problem now but something we need to be aware of. Operators have responded by upgrading their networks so it is being coped with,” Thickett said in a statement.

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