How many hours do Brits spend on their smartphones at work each year

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Using smartphones at work for personal use is on the rise

The average British worker spends as many as 120 hours per year using their smartphones in the workplace, according to research.

Research of 2,012 UK adults carried out by gadgets and technology etailer,, has revealed that 84% admitted to using their smartphones during working hours.

78% regularly respond to text messages during working hours, and 59% regularly take personal phone calls whilst working.

52% admit to answering instant messages via platforms such as Whatsapp and Facebook, whilst 9% have sent a Snapchat from their workplace.

44% of respondents said their workplace permitted reasonable use of smartphones.

38% regularly check their social media accounts while in the workplace.

Those working in marketing were the worst culprits, with 98% admitting to peeking at smartphones, followed by those working in information and communications (96%).

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at, said: “It’s no surprise that we are addicted to our smartphones however overuse during working hours can add up, leaving a serious shortfall in productivity. Although companies monitor and prohibit the use of social media during the working day, the research shows that there is still a large amount of people continuing to use their device.

“Use of smartphones and social media in the workplace can lead to hundreds of thousands of hours in lost productivity per year, which could cost UK companies millions of pounds.”

14% have been told off for using smartphones at work, while just 4% have been disciplined for use of their own tech during work time.

The Top 10 Business Sectors Who Use Smartphones

Marketing – 98%

Information and communications – 96%

Creative and photographic – 92%

Professional service (law, accountancy) – 86%

Trades (construction, plumbing) – 78%

Manufacturing – 74%

Retail – 64%

Transportation – 48%

Education – 44%

Healthcare – 23%

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