Smartphone users these days spend more of their time social networking, playing games and listening to music than they do making phone calls.
On average, the most popular activity favoured by the 2,000 smartphone users surveyed was browsing the web, to which they give nearly 25 minutes per day.
Next up, they like checking their social networks, which they do for 18 minutes, then listening to music takes up another 16 minutes, while playing games consumes another 15 minutes. The average smartphone users spends only 12 minutes a day making phone calls.
These new findings from O2 are hardly surprising considering most mobile phone manufacturers design smartphones with this trend in mind, hence the touch sensitivity and large screens.
It almost feels awkward making phone calls with HTC Sense devices, for example. It feels far more intuitive to ‘touch' your way around all the many applications than to hold the device to your ear and speak into it.
"Smartphones are now being used like a digital swiss army knife, replacing possessions like watches, cameras, books and even laptops," said O2 UK Devices general manager David Johnson.
"While we're seeing no let-up in the number of calls customers make or the amount of time they spend speaking on their phones, their phone now plays a far greater role in all aspects of their lives."
According to the survey, the smartphone has begun to replace a number of consumers' possessions - again hardly an unsurprising find.
Over half of those surveyed said they use their phones in place of an alarm clock, while 46 per cent had dispensed with a watch in favour of using their smartphone.
Two in five of those surveyed, meanwhile, switched to use their phone instead of a separate camera.
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