By Max Clarke

The recent proliferation of smartphones is responsible for the ever blurring work and social life balance.

Smartphone users are 30% more likely to answer personal calls at work, as well as sending and receiving private messages. The reverse is also more likely, with up to a quarter answering work calls on holiday- compared to 16% of non-smartphone users.

This is according to the findings of research from independent telecommunications industry regulator, Ofcom, into the worsening pattern of smartphone addiction.

Smartphone users admit to using their phones considerably more than the rivals- a pattern that is likely to increase with the advent of 4G superfast mobile data transmission.

Social lives are found to be suffering, with users reportedly using the devices at the dinner table, in the bathroom, and in bed. Teenagers were identified as being particularly at risk from the growing problem of mobile internet addiction.

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