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“These devices are becoming more and more an important, vital hub for communication and information throughout the day,” said Jane Rumble, Ofcom’s director of market intelligence.Smartphone use drove a surge in the growth of average time spent online from 16 hours 54 minutes per week in 2013 to 20 hours and 30 minutes last year.The Apple i Phone was the UK’s most popular smartphone brand, especially among the young, while the larger Samsung devices scored highly among older users.The transformational impact of the smartphone is affecting almost all areas of communication and entertainment.Ofcom said 59 per cent of people view smartphone use at restaurants in company as “unacceptable”, with 55 per cent taking a dim view of checking the phone while eating communally at home.There was more sympathy with smartphone use when socialising with friends (which 26 per cent thought unacceptable), or while using public transport (which only 5 per cent frowned on).For 69 per cent meeting family members face to face is preferable to any digital communication and 32 per cent of those aged 16-24 admitted they “spend too much time online” compared to time with friends and family.
Only a year ago it was a relatively luxury item, owned by only 39 per cent of adults.
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In 2005 the average time was less than ten hours a week.
But there are concerns that the devices are having a detrimental effect on aspects of human relationships.