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Smartphones: daily time spent using phone in the UK 2017

Approximately one-third of smartphone users in the United Kingdom report spending an hour or more on their phone, while 14 percent claim to use it for less than 10 minutes daily. That is the finding of a survey conducted by Statista GmbH, conducted in May 2017.

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Share of daily amounts of time spent using smartphones in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2017

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Release date

May 2017


United Kingdom

Survey time period

May 3, 2017 to May 11, 2017

Number of respondents

918 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Special properties

respondents are English speaking residential population who own smartphone

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "How much time do you spend daily on your smartphone? By this, we mean the total time that you spend calling, writing messages, taking pictures or using apps."

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