The extent of the UK's smartphone addiction has been revealed by new research that suggests the average Brit checks their phone more than 200 times a day, from the minute they wake up to when they're finally forced to put it down in order to get some sleep.
Research by Tecmark claimed Brits use their device for 221 tasks a day, for everything from updating social media to completing online food shopping.
The typical Brit's day begins at 07.31, when they check their personal emails before heading to Facebook to see what updates they've missed overnight.
Throughout the day, they will play games, check the weather, watch TV and films and keep up to date with the latest news and sport, before finally putting their devices down at 23.21 – by which time, they will have amassed a total of three hours and 16 minutes on the devices.
In fact, many of us are now so familiar with having our phones at hand, we don't even realise what we're doing, going through the motions of many of our most common activities on autopilot.
Two-thirds of us confessed we've logged into Facebook and started browsing without even noticing we're doing it, while four in ten say they have gone to check their emails automatically.
Managing director at Tecmark Richard Hayes observed much of the appeal of smartphones lies in the fact they are far more convenient than booting up a PC.
"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," he said.
As a result of this, smartphones have displaced the PC as the main 'go-to gadget' for many people, with the average user also turning to a desktop or laptop for 140 tasks a day, and almost two-thirds of respondents saying they sometimes or always use their smartphone more often in a typical day than their PC.