YOUNG Australians are so addicted to their smartphones that most admit using them while on the toilet and some suffer withdrawal symptoms if they’re taken away.
The findings are revealed in new research that also shows one-third of Australia’s Gen Y (roughly, 20-30 year-olds) admit checking their smartphones, emails or social media sites at least once an hour.
One-third also admit feeling anxious or as if “part of them was missing” if they are separated from their smartphone, according to the Connected World Technology Report published by tech giant Cisco.
The report finds 91 per cent of Gen Y Aussies surveyed own a smartphone and 88 per cent admit using them in bed, on the loo and while brushing teeth.
But the most worrying finding is that one in six Gen Y-ers admit using their smartphones to send text messages while driving.