A study of 2,000 smartphone owners by Tecmark revealed that we may rely on our mobile devices far more than anyone previously thought. The data shows that Brits carry out a staggering 221 tasks every day using their mobile phone, first reaching for our phones at 7:31am to check our emails and then moving on to Facebook and checking the weather and the recent news updates.

Many Brits have confessed to finding themselves using their phone without realising they are doing so, with two thirds saying they have managed to log in and browse Facebook without thinking.

More interestingly the data also shows that online food shopping is more likely to be done on a smartphone now than on a desktop or laptop, despite the limited screen size in comparison the convenience factor is clearly a major influence.

Richard Heyes, Managing Director for Tecmark, who commissioned the study, said: ‘

Smartphones are an easier way to access information and our friends through the Internet. For most of us, it’s now second nature. And certainly we’re not surprised to see this huge reliance on our handheld devices. But many people may not realise just how many times a day they check their phone or carry out a simple task on it.

We’re all guilty of picking up our phones and checking the news or work emails when we first wake up – for many it’s how we set ourselves up for the day. It’s so much easier checking your phone for Facebook updates rather than waiting for a desktop or laptop computer to load – we don’t have that much time in the mornings.

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