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UK is "a nation addicted to smartphones," study finds

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Ofcom, the regulating body serving FCC's role in the UK, released its Communications Market Report detailing the plus and cons that smartphones brought along. The mobile boom has been led by teenagers – actually almost a half (47%) of teens reportedly own smartphones, while for adults the figure stands at only 27%. Interestingly, an overwhelming majority of 59% have purchased their smartphone in the past year, but while this had brought all the positives of being connected at nearly all times, it brought some downsides as well.


On one side users make more calls, send more texts and consume more data – it's increasingly easy to do this with a smartphone. 81% of UK smartphone owners make a call every day compared to 53% of feature phone users. 


UK is "a nation addicted to smartphones," study finds
But they not only make calls – phones are being used everywhere, while socializing, in bed, in the bathroom – a scary 60% of teens admit that they are “highly addicted,” while for adults the figure is slightly lower at 37%. “A nation addicted to smartphones,” summarizes Ofcom.


In addition, smartphone usage eats into traditional less involved forms of entertainment like TV and reading. 23%, or more than a fifth of users watch less TV and 15% don't read as much as before. The stats themselves might not be that surprising but they certainly can make us reflect on our own usage of mobile devices. What makes a smartphone addiction and do you feel like you're addicted to your smartphone?


source: Ofcom via Pocket-lint


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posted on 04 Aug 2011, 09:47 2

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I need to go to the Britain. I have been to Germany, Greece, & even Turkey. I just want to go see an Arsenal game, visit Big Ben & the Tower of London. I want to cross the London Bridge also. I want some fish & chips, BUT I am not too sure about the warm beer though. I bet I would have lots of fun in the Britain. I want to have a jolly good time there! lol I want to see where Danger Mouse lives! (Let’s see who knows about that!) lol

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 13:15 1

5. remixfa (Posts: 14067; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


DM! lol. havent seen that cartoon in ages. Nicklodeon used to be fun.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 13:22 1

9. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


YES remixfa you are the MAN, FINALLY!!!!!!
I loved that back in the '80's as a kid too! I also loved You Can't Do That on Television! Remember that show?
remixfa lol you made my day! lol

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 21:02

13. biscutbob (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


Your comment had nothing to do with phones hahaha but go Arsenal!!!!!!

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 11:41 1

2. AndroidTroll (Posts: 359; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


Apparently people don't like to read about other people's dreams and aspirations. Haters. I would like to go there too :)

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 13:16

7. remixfa (Posts: 14067; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


you know its just the itrolls thumbing down anything we say, regardless of what we say.. theyve been doing it all day.. lol

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 11:46 1

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I guess no British people know who Danger Mouse is! lol

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 11:57 3

4. G-Reg (unregistered)


Pointless post #2

Anyone else read the article due to attractive female and clevage in the pic?
Rareity for phonearena

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 13:19 1

8. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4335; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Nah it said the U.K. & believe it or not I am going there in 3 weeks. I was just talking about my future trip. Plus we all know that isn't a girl from the U.K., she has perfect teeth! lol

(Just kidding!) :-)

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 16:09

10. PeterIfromsweden (Posts: 1230; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)


Dont know, she doesnt looke to british : )
Here in Sweden the girls are nice though ; )

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 16:34 1

11. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


shes an average lookin girl with less then c cup tits dont let the pushup fool u son

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 18:31

12. G-Reg (unregistered)


1. Shes better lookin than the dog face chick with the nice body in your pic.

2. Not only is your slang disrespectful (im not your kid) but it also shows some lack of intelligence.

3. trolling and acting like you got magic tit-vision isnt impressive.

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 09:10

15. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


1. is that suppose to hurt my feelings? its a pic from google.

2. so your sayin everybody that says that word or uses slang lacks intellegence. how do you even know what i know or what i do for a living.

3. its not "tit-vision" its common sense.

posted on 04 Aug 2011, 13:16 1

6. remixfa (Posts: 14067; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ya, the small amount of cleavage got my attention too. lol. its a nice break from all the phone renders. :)

posted on 05 Aug 2011, 00:43

14. ToneDef (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Anyone wonder about this weather we've been having lately ?

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