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Smartphones stretching your working day by two hours

Britons work an additional 460 hours a year on average as they are able to respond to emails on their mobiles.

Written by Agencies | London |
October 31, 2012 7:47:06 pm

Smartphones may help you surf the internet,listen to music and snap pictures,however,they also stretch your working day by two hours,a new study has found.

The study suggests that by giving users round the clock access to emails,the all-singing,all-dancing mobile phone adds as much as two hours to their working day.

Researchers found that Britons work an additional 460 hours a year on average as they are able to respond to emails on their mobiles,the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.

The study by a technology retailer found the average UK working day is between nine and 10 hours,but a further two hours is spent responding to or sending work emails,or making work calls.

More than 90 per cent of office workers have an email-enabled phone,with a third accessing them more than 20 times a day.

Almost one in ten people admit spending up to three hours outside their normal working day checking work emails,and even those without a smartphone check emails on their home computer.

Some workers confessed they are on call almost 24 hours a day,with nine out of ten saying they take work emails and calls outside their normal working hours.

Nearly two-thirds said they often check work emails just before they go to bed and as soon as they wake up,while over a third have replied to one in the middle of the night,the report said.

The average time for first checking emails is between 6 am and 7 am,with more than a third checking their first email in this period,and a quarter checking them between 11pm and midnight.

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