This was a quote from a member of the public broadcast on BBC Breakfast this morning in a report about our seemingly ever-increasing addiction to smartphones in the UK.
Another interviewee said that she thought smartphones had: “made my life better but children’s lives worse.”
- 78% of all adults in the UK now own a smartphone
- 40% of us look at them within five minutes of waking
- the average Brit checks their phone every 12 minutes while awake and uses it for about 2½ hours each day
- a third of us check them just before falling asleep
This last one isn’t a great habit if we want to sleep well, by the way – see my blog last month re our use of apps and the effects of blue light.
How we use our phones may also have changed – the report says the total volume of calls fell in 2017.
But maybe that’s not quite the whole story – what the report didn’t track were the calls made using apps such as Skype, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger instead.
So where are we headed? Continue reading ““A few years ago I would have been admiring the view – now I’m on my phone…””