By Daniel Hunter

A new study by Pixmania has revealed that smart phones and tablets are adding an extra two hours onto people's working days.

The researchers claim that users with email on their phones check for new messages 20 times a day, taking the average working day up to 12 hours long.

Users spend nine or 10 hours at work and another two making work phone calls or sending work emails. One in ten admitted to spending up to three hours checking work emails, either on a phone or a computer.

Nearly nine out of ten office workers can access their email on their phones, and two-thirds check emails as they wake up and as they go to bed.

"Many companies expect their employees to be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and smartphones mean that people literally cannot get away from work. The more constantly in contact we become, the more is expected of us in a work capacity," Ghadi Hobeika, marketing director of Pixmania, said.

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