1 in 4 Smartphone Users Don't Make Voice Calls Even Once a Week

By James O Malley on at

Do you ever worry you're unpopular? Just sitting at home, waiting for the phone to ring?

Well join the 21st century Grandad and get on to WhatsApp, as it has emerged that one in four smartphone users make less than one voice call a week.

According to the Graun a new poll by Ipsos Morri for Deloitte shows that the share of devices making one call a week has dropped from 96% three years ago to 75% today. Since then, time spent on non-voice activities has trebled to nearly 90 minutes a day spent prodding at our phones.

Sadly the poll didn't reveal the percentage of people who now worry that someone has died whenever their phone actually rings. Perhaps that's just me?

The poll apparently also showed some of the other changes smartphones have made to our behaviour. Checking their phone is what 12% of adults do the second they wake up, with 55% having checked within the first 15 minutes of being awake.

The survey took in 4000 adults between the ages of 18 and 75, and was weighted for demographics. It also claims that two thirds of smartphone users use their device on public transport and 65% will do so at work. Leaving me to wonder who the hell the people who don't do that are? [The Guardian]