That is according to the latest report from telecoms regulator Ofcom, which charts what it describes as a decade of digital dependence.
A total of 78% of all adults now own a smartphone.
On average, people check them once every 12 minutes during their waking hours, the study claims.
Two in five adults look at their phone within five minutes of waking, while a third check their phones just before falling asleep, according to the report.
A high percentage (71%) say they never turn off their phones and 78% say they could not live without it.
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