We’d rather sleep with our PHONES than our husbands… Checking our phones is the first thing we do when we wake up
53% of us check our phones as soon as we wake up
13:07 GMT, 7 September 2012
From Facebook check-ins to instagramming, we just can't get enough of our smartphones- they didn't get the nickname 'crackberry' for nothing.
And now it has been revealed that almost a third of Brits check their social media, news sites and missed calls before uttering the words ‘good morning’ to their partners or even taking a shower.
Ofcom recently revealed that two in five of us now own a smartphone, a growth which seems to be spearheaded by tech-savvy 18-24 year olds.
Tech addicts: A staggering 53% of us check our phones as soon as we wake up in the morning
And of the techy generation, more than half (53%) admit their smartphone is the first thing they look at in the morning, with over a quarter (26%) confessing to sleeping with it in bed compared to just 10% of older Brits across the UK.
Surprisingly, it’s not the 24-hour metropolis of London that harbours the majority of these tech-trendsetters but rather the bustling Scottish seaport of Glasgow, the study by network Three found.
Nearly a fifth of Scots (19%) admit to sleeping with their smartphones, which is nearly twice the national and London average.
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Over in Northern Ireland, it seems that Belfast is also switched on in bed with 43% admitting that checking social media sites, headline news and missed calls takes precedence over speaking to their beloved, showering or even making a cup of tea in the morning.
Across the UK, almost a quarter (23%) are happy to have replaced their address book, while 22% are pleased they no longer have to wear a wrist watch.
Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three said: 'With the recent boom in smartphones and the mobile internet, it’s interesting to see people becoming more reliant on them to do more.
'With the benefit of simple plans that allow worry free access to the internet it seems consumer are maximising their time by checking Facebook, Twitter and news headlines throughout the day and, even in bed.'
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