Brits Spend More Time Using Technology Than Sleeping

09/08/2014 01:18 | Updated 20 May 2015

Are you always tired? It might be time to put down your phone, stay away from your tablet and close your laptop.


New research has confirmed that us Brits spend more time on our digital devices than we do sleeping.

The study, conducted by communications regulator Ofcom, revealed that an average adult living in the UK spends eight hours, 41 minutes a day using technology compared to eight hours, 21 minutes sleeping.

And that's before multi-tasking comes into it - this takes up the time spent on technology to 11 hours, seven minutes.

Unsurprisingly, teenagers topped the list of biggest digital device users. They spend a staggering 94% of their time using social media, sending text messages and using instant messenger.

The real shocker? The study found that a six year old child has the same knowledge of new technology as a average 45-year-old has. Yes, really.

Chief executive at Ofcom, Ed Richards, said the study results show it's a "millennium generation" steering the communications habits for the future - which benefits us all, as long as we're sleeping for longer than we're Instagram-ming.


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