Morning, noon and night: Study proves we're addicted to our phones

/ Source: TODAY

What's the last thing you see before you close your eyes at night and the first thing you touch when you wake up? If you're like many of us, it's not your significant other ... it's your smartphone.

A new UK report from Deloitte Mobile Consumer surveyed 4,000 people and discovered that over a third of respondents check their handhelds between 25 and 50 times a day; 16 percent do it over 50 times. And one in 10 of us pick it up as soon as our eyes open in the morning (and not just to turn off the alarm). Fifty-three percent have done that within 15 minutes of waking.

Wake up, time to check the phone.

At night, 28 percent of people check their smartphone five minutes before turning out their light for bed.

That's a lot of addiction, when you think about it.

"The modern, touchscreen-based smartphone is less than a decade old, but it is more intertwined with our lives than ever," Deloitte head of technology Paul Lee told The Daily Mail. "Constant technological improvements are allowing us to delegate more and more tasks to our phone."

Seventy-six percent of adults in the UK have a smartphone. According to the Pew Research Center, 64 percent of Americans do.

Want to check those numbers? Go right ahead; we know you're just itching to pick up that phone again.

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