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Are smartphones getting in the way of living?

A recent study performed by GoCompare found that a third of 18-35 year olds had walked into someone because they were paying attention to their smartphone rather than their suroundings.

Worryingly one in 25 Brits between the ages of 18-35 have admitted to crashing their car while distracted by their mobile phone.

One of the biggest distractions for young Britons are social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with users admitting to careering into others while using their mobile device.

Smartphone Zombies

The survey of 2,000 young Brits by GoCompare showed that; 30 per cent had admitted to texting someone while they were in the same room, 36 per cent spent more time in online conversations than having real-life conversations.

Around 42 per cent had become angry when friends or family use their phones when at the dinner table, 32 per cent when in bed and 32 per cent when their friends were glued to their phones while watching TV.

A fifth of those surveyed said that they became anxious if they hadn't checked their phone enough, suprisingly (or not) 27 per cent stated that they needed to cut back on their smartphone usage.

Ben Wilson, home insurance expert at Gocompare.com has said, "It’s extremely worrying that our inability to put down our smartphones is having an impact on our safety."

"Overall, our conflicting relationship with our phones highlights the need to stay ‘connected’ as both positive and negative. While the desire to stay connected online has its benefits, the results of our research also show that too much phone dependency can have adverse effects on our personal relationships and in some situations can even be dangerous."

Wilson also commented, "I’m sure we can all agree that these devices are an essential part of modern life, but there is a time and place for them. It will be nice to see more people putting more effort into face-to-face meetings and real-life conversations – rather than just relying on their phones."