View all newsletters
Receive our newsletter - data, insights and analysis delivered to you
  1. Technology
September 26, 2016updated 25 Oct 2016 1:40pm

Smartphone penetration now more than 80% in UK

A one third of us are waking up in the middle of the night to check them.

By CBR Staff Writer

A survey has revealed that the number of the smartphone users has peaked in the UK, with 81% of the people gaining access to the device.

The study conducted by business advisory firm Deloitte has also found that a third of the UK adults and half of 18-24 year olds check their phones in the middle of the night.

The survey showed over 15 million people disrupting their sleep patterns, with 32% of them checking for messages and more than a sixth replying to them.

Deloitte technology, media and telecommunications research head Paul Lee said: “For the first time we have captured data on the UK population’s nocturnal smartphone habits and have found that the smartphone is truly a 24/7 device, particularly among younger age groups.

Smartphones are personal devices, but their usage impacts those around them. As with most emerging technology, consumers will need to learn how best to run their lives with smartphones, as opposed to having their lives run by their devices.”

The annual survey titled, “There’s no place like phone” said that the UK public has never been more addicted to smartphones.  It analyses the mobile usage habits of more than 4,000 UK consumers.

It also revealed that one in ten owners instinctively reach for their phone immediately after they wake up.

Content from our partners
Unlocking growth through hybrid cloud: 5 key takeaways
How businesses can safeguard themselves on the cyber frontline
How hackers’ tactics are evolving in an increasingly complex landscape

The research has found the increasing negative impact of smartphone usage on social behaviour of the users.

Smartphones have invaded every daily aspect of our lives.

Smartphones have invaded every aspect of our daily lives.

It showed a third of 18-24 year-olds in the UK using their smartphones ‘always’ or ‘very often’ when meeting friends, shopping or watching television.

A third (33%) of all 18-24 year olds noted that their excessive use of smartphones had led to arguments with their partners.

Deloitte’s research has showed smartphone ownership surpassing laptop penetration for the first time in the UK.

However, smartphone penetration increased by only 7% in the year to June 2016, indicating a slowing growth.

In July, preliminary results from IDC showed that the global smartphone market remained flat, increasing just 0.3% year-on-year in the second quarter to 343.3 million units,.

The survey said that 4G is now the dominant mobile network, with 54% of all smartphone owners using the network.

According to the research, a fifth (21%) of all smartphone users in the UK currently use their fingerprints for a range of authentication-based applications, from unlocking their phones to approving transactions.

Topics in this article : , ,
Websites in our network
Select and enter your corporate email address Tech Monitor's research, insight and analysis examines the frontiers of digital transformation to help tech leaders navigate the future. Our Changelog newsletter delivers our best work to your inbox every week.
  • CIO
  • CTO
  • CISO
  • CSO
  • CFO
  • CDO
  • CEO
  • Architect Founder
  • MD
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Other
Visit our privacy policy for more information about our services, how New Statesman Media Group may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.