A third of Brits check their phones at night

  • A third of Brits check their phones at night

A third of Brits check their phones at night

Even if we wake up in the middle of the night, many of us - a third according to Deloitte - will feel the urge to check our phones.

The devices are responsible for keeping people awake at night long after they've gone to bed, a survey revealed.

A third of United Kingdom adults check their mobile devices in the middle of the night, according to a study from Deloitte that also suggested the pace of consumer adoption of smartphones will fall in the next 12 months.

The addiction seems to start from the moment we wake up - 10% said they check their phones just after waking up, and a more than half (52%) look within 15 minutes.

With more than three quarters of adults in the country now owning a smartphone (up to 76 per cent from 70 the previous year) they are increasingly the first thing we turn to in the morning and the last thing we see at night.

It analyses the mobile usage habits of more than 4,000 United Kingdom consumers.

Paul Lee, head of technology, media and telecommunications research at Deloitte, comments: "For the first time we have captured data on the United Kingdom population's nocturnal smartphone habits and have found that the smartphone is truly a 24/7 device, particularly among younger age groups".

Paul Lee, head of technology, media and telecommunications research at Deloitte, said: "It is clear that we are reaching an age of "peak smartphone".

It showed a third of 18-24 year-olds in the United Kingdom using their smartphones "always" or "very often" when meeting friends, shopping or watching television.

Almost 40 percent of all 25-34 year olds-the highest rate among the age groups- argued with their partners over "excessive" smartphone use.

The findings also indicate that for the first time ever, smartphone ownership has overtaken laptop use.

In July, preliminary results from IDC showed that the global smartphone market remained flat, increasing just 0.3% year-on-year in the second quarter to 343.3 million units, . About 54 per cent of smartphone owners use their phone while watching TV or films and 28 per cent while eating in a restaurant with family or friends.