Skip to main content

Are Britons Addicted to Smartphones?

The telecom regulator Ofcom has released a new report which highlights the rise in use of Smartphones and mobile internet in the UK.

The Communications Market Report dished out by Ofcom reveals that one in every three adults now owns a Smartphone. Apple’s iPhone emerged as the most popular Smartphone brand but teenagers seem to favour RIM’s BlackBerry.

The report shed light on the rise in use of Smartphone and mobile internet. Facebook emerged as the most visited website, with users spending 43 million hours on it in December 2010, BBC reports.

According to the report, 58 percent of male adults owned a Smartphone as opposed to 42 percent of females. Meanwhile, among teenagers, 52 percent of girls owned Smartphone as opposed to 48 percent of boys.

“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 socialising or using Facebook on the move,” James Thickett, Ofcom's director of research said.

The use of Smartphones for official work and social purpose is getting more and more intertwined as adults increasingly utilise the phone for all their day to day routine activities.