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A NATION OF MOBILE PHONES ADDICTS; WHERE WE GO, THEY GO - WHETHER IT'S THE GYM, THE PUB, OR JUST WATCHING TV.

Byline: ALICE CACHIA

IF YOU are texting while eating out, drinking with friends, going to a museum or even playing sport, don't feel bad: it turns out it is common practice.

New figures have revealed the extent to which we refuse to be separated from our mobiles and other electronic devices.

Nearly 11 people electronic while The data, published by the Office for National Statistics, shows the percentage of the time we spend during various leisure activities on phones, tablets or computers.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, gaming comes top - with more than half of our gaming time (61 per cent) spent on some form of device.

per cent of admit to using devices travelling Less predictable is the fact we spent nearly a fifth of our resting time (17 per cent) using a phone or other device.

People also spent 13 per cent of their socialising time with their eyes glued to their phone or similar screen.

And 11 per cent of our travelling time is taken up - some would say wasted - using a mobile.

Some nine per cent of our time dining in restaurants is spent on the phone.

We also spend eight per cent of the time we are doing sports using an electronic device - although that might including listening to music while exercising or using an app to track jogging.

Seven per cent of the time we spend in museums and art galleries is spent on the phone, and even six per cent of the time we spend in meetings or at religious services.

Men aged 25 and under dedicate the most time to their mobile phone, tablet or laptop - a Smart phones for social media, games, listening and watching total of 16 hours a week, or 35 per cent of their free time.

Women in the same age range spend 29 per cent of their free time on electronic devices.

That proportion declines with age, with men aged 56 and over spending 12 per cent of their free time (five hours) on electronic devices, and women of the same age just 10 per cent (four hours).

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Smart phones can be used for social media, playing games, listening to music and watching films

Nearly 11 per cent of people admit to using electronic devices while travelling

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2018
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