Essential Report

Using smartphones

Feb 7, 2017

Q. Thinking about how you use your smartphone (or IPhone), do you agree or disagree with the following statements? (Based on the 936 respondents who own smartphones)

  Total agree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know   Agree Jan 2016
I check my phone while driving 20%   3% 17% 25% 53% 2%   20%
I am anxious when I can’t check messages 22%   4% 18% 36% 40% 2%   28%
I sometimes send messages/emails before thinking them through 30%   5% 25% 37% 31% 2%   28%
I ignore actual conversations to check my phone 20%   4% 16% 38% 40% 2%   18%
I check my phone before I get out of bed 46%   11% 35% 21% 30% 2%   45%

 

  Total agree   Men Women Aged

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
I check my phone while driving 20%   22% 18% 34% 18% 5%
I am anxious when I can’t check messages 22%   25% 20% 32% 11% 9%
I sometimes send messages/emails before thinking them through 30%   32% 28% 48% 28% 8%
I ignore actual conversations to check my phone 20%   22% 16% 34% 16% 4%
I check my phone before I get out of bed 46%   45% 48% 75% 42% 16%

 

46% check their smartphone before they get out of bed, 22% say they are anxious when they can’t check messages and 30% sometimes send messages/emails before thinking.

Younger people are much more likely to do these things than older people. 75% of those aged 18-34 check their phone before they get out of bed and 48% send messages/emails without thinking.

There has been little change since this question was asked in 2015, apart from a drop in the proportion who say they are anxious when they can’t check messages (down 6% to 22%).

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