A quarter of people in the East of England admit to spending more than three hours a day on their smartphones.
The Ipsos Mori poll also found nearly half said they check their phones during dinner with family and friends.
Around 50 percent have also taken their phones to the loo to check it.
The poll also showed that:
- When forced to go without their smartphones during the past 12 months, over a quarter (28%) of people surveyed in the East of England agreed that they had felt anxious about what they were missing.
- Nearly half (45%) of people surveyed in the East of England have checked their smartphones during dinner with family or friends
- Well over a third (38%) of people surveyed in the East of England admit to missing what a friend, partner or family member was saying because they were distracted by their smartphone
- 50% of people surveyed in the East of England have taken their smartphones to the toilet to check them
- 1 in 10 of those surveyed in the East of England in a relationship (11%) sneak a peek at their mobiles under the duvet
In light of the research, the government's Cyber Aware campaign is encouraging everyone to have a #techfree15 minutes to install their software and app updates, to protect themselves from cyber crime.