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From the bedroom to the bathroom: Phone obsessed-Brits dirtiest habits revealed

  • More than two million Brits have used their phone during sex
  • Half of Brits admit to using their mobile phone while on the toilet
  • 16.8 percent of Brits check their phone while driving

A study by price comparison site finder.com has exposed the extent of the UK’s mobile phone obsession, as more than two million Brits admit to having used their phone during sex.

In the bedroom

In a survey of 2,000 adults across the UK, men are found to be twice as likely as women to whip out their phone during sex. Millennials are the generation most likely to use their phone during sex with one in seven (14 percent) claiming to reach for their phones while in bed with their partner.

On the toilet

finder’s study also revealed that almost half (47.7 percent) of Brits confess to having used a mobile phone while on the toilet with men and women equally as likely to check in while on the loo.

On the roads

Despite banning the use of mobile phones while operating a vehicle in 2003, phone-related road accidents resulted in 137 serious injuries and 35 deaths due to drivers being distracted while on the road last year.* Today, 16.8 percent of Brits still can’t resist picking up their phone while driving, with an estimated 6.6 million continuing to use a phone behind the wheel. Men are far more likely than women to use their phones while driving as over one in five (20.7 percent) admit to using a phone compared to roughly one in 10 (12.8 percent) of women.

At an event

Mobile phone users have a notoriously short attention span of eight seconds, one second less than a goldfish,** and constantly feel the need to be attached to their phones with the average user touching their phone up to 2,617 times a day.*** According to finder’s research, users are most distracted by their phones while watching a movie, concert, musical or theatrical performance (19.4 percent), followed by at a wedding ceremony (8.1 percent) and at a funeral (2.8 percent), proving the need to check in even during life-changing events.

Jon Ostler, CEO of finder UK said: “Having easy access to our phones can, for the most part, be beneficial. However, those constantly glued to their smartphones may be racking up large bills due to data usage, not to mention falling into the dangerous addiction category. There are a variety of measures you can undertake to manage smartphone use. For example, kill your notifications, delete apps you no longer use, and don’t use your phone as an alarm clock. It could also be beneficial to set a phone-free time for yourself to focus on the things that are really important such as being productive at work and time with friends and family.”

Brits can now compare mobile plans at finder’s independent mobile plan comparison page: https://www.finder.com/uk/mobile-plans.

For more information about finder’s study, please visit finder.com/uk/mobile-phone-obsession

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Disclaimer

The information in this release is accurate as of the date published, but rates, fees and other product features may have changed. Please see updated product information on finder.com's review pages for the current correct values.

About finder.com

finder.com is a personal finance website, which helps consumers compare products online so they can make better informed decisions. Consumers can visit the website to compare utilities, mortgages, credit cards, insurance products, shopping voucher codes, and so much more before choosing the option that best suits their needs.

Best of all, finder.com is completely free to use. We’re not a bank or insurer, nor are we owned by one, and we are not a product issuer or a credit provider. We’re not affiliated with any one institution or outlet, so it’s genuine advice from a team of experts who care about helping you find better.

finder.com launched in the UK in February 2017 and is privately owned and self-funded by two Australian entrepreneurs – Fred Schebesta and Frank Restuccia – who successfully grew finder.com.au to be Australia's most visited personal finance website (Source: Experian Hitwise).

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