Brits spend 120 hours a year on smartphones during work time

Gadgets, Smartphones

Further proof about how smartphones are taking over every aspect of our lives, as if it were needed. According to a new survey, the average British worker spends as many as 120 hours per year using their smartphones in the workplace.

Research of 2,012 UK adults carried out by gadgets and technology etailer,, has revealed more than eight in ten of us (84%) admit to using their smartphones during working hours.

78% regularly respond to text messages during working hours, and 59% regularly take personal phone calls whilst working.

52% admit to answering instant messages via platforms such as Whatsapp and Facebook, while 9% have sent a Snapchat from their workplace.

44% of respondents said their workplace permitted reasonable use of smartphones.

More than a third (38%) regularly check their social media accounts while in the workplace.

Those working in marketing were the worst culprits, with 98% admitting to peeking at smartphones, followed by those working in information and communications (96%).

 Says Mark Kelly, marketing manager at

“It’s no surprise that we are addicted to our smartphones, however overuse during working hours can add up, leaving a serious shortfall in productivity. Although companies monitor and prohibit the use of social media during the working day, the research shows that there is still a large amount of people continuing to use their devices.

 “Use of smartphones and social media in the workplace can lead to hundreds of thousands of hours in lost productivity per year, which could cost UK companies millions of pounds.”

 14% have been told off for using smartphones at work, while just 4% have been disciplined for use of their own tech during work time.

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The Top 10 Business Sectors which use smartphones

  1. Marketing – 98%
  2. Information and communications – 96%
  3. Creative and photographic – 92%
  4. Professional service (law, accountancy) – 86%
  5. Trades (construction, plumbing) – 78%
  6. Manufacturing – 74%
  7. Retail – 64%
  8. Transportation – 48%
  9. Education – 44%
  10. Healthcare – 23%


Chris Price
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