How often do you check your smartphone every day? It's hard to keep track, given the endless chain on e-mails, news, messages and app updates flocking your displays every minute.
But a new research has come up with some astounding numbers. Carried out by Deloitte, the research says that British smartphone users, numbering nearly 40 million, check their phones more than 1.1 billion times each day. Of these, one-sixth of the smartphone-wielding population check their phones more than fifty times each day, and a staggering one-third check them over twenty five times every day.
The research also says that one in evey ten smartphone users check their phones as soon as they get up every morning.
"The modern, touchscreen-based smartphone is less than a decade old, but it is more intertwined with our lives than ever. Constant technological improvements are allowing us to delegate more and more tasks to our phones, from ordering taxis to browsing catalogues and paying for a meal," says Paul Lee, head of Deloitte's technology section.
True that. With smartphones having effectively replaced landlines, calculators, watches, dictionaries and even your pocket atlases, new NFC technology has now ensured it’s the turn of your beloved wallets. No wonder we check our smartphones much more than we take a look at ourselves on mirrors.
Smartphones aren't our bedroom darlings though. Over 43 per cent of Britons check their smartphones while dining in restaurants and an amazing 80 per cent check them while using public transport.
The fact that smartphones are affordable, easily replaceable and offer style statements adds to their importance in our daily lives. While we don't find it alarming, the fact that how soon gadgets can bring about social change across the world is astounding.