Britons now spend more time using smartphones and tablets, watching television and listening to the radio than they do sleeping, thanks to the availability of broadband in the home and on the move, regulator Ofcom said on Thursday.
Consuming media and communicating takes 11 hours and 7 minutes out of an average Briton’s day, a jump of more than two hours since 2010, from 8 hours and 48 minutes, it said.
Smartphones, which are now used by 61 per cent of people, and tablet computers were behind the rise, Ofcom said, as they allow people to stay connected while on the move.
New technology was also behind work encroaching more and more into people’s personal time, with six in 10 people doing work tasks outside working hours and 10 per cent reading and sending work related emails and texts in bed, the survey found.
On the flip side, Britons use email at work for personal reasons and one in five shop online in the office.
Sounds about right! I am currently trying to stop my bad habit of watching TV whilst checking Facebook and sending texts…