Smartphones are taking over our daily lives

THE latest iPhone or Blackberry may be a must-have fashion accessory but a new survey suggests smartphones are now shaping the way we behave.

Over a quarter of adults and nearly half of all teens own a smartphone, with uptake increasing at a blistering rate, according to a study by media regulator Ofcom.

When asked about the use of their smartphones, 37 per cent of adults and 60 per cent of teens said they are “highly addicted”. This is backed up by far higher usage figures for smartphones than their non-smart counterparts, with 81 per cent of users making calls every day compared to just 53 per cent. The smartphone is also making it easier to take work home, with seventy per cent of adults saying they have taken work calls while on holiday.