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  Texting and phoning takes hours
Updated 20 May 2004, 21.39
We spend hours texting and phoning
We spend a quarter of the time we are awake e-mailing, texting or chatting on the phone according to a new study.

If you add the time an average person spends doing those things together it comes to almost four hours.

Since we're supposed to sleep for eight hours that leaves us using technology to communicate for a large part of the total time we spend awake.

The results also showed that these new ways of talking mean people spend less time actually speaking to each other.

E-mailing pals takes us hours too
E-mailing pals takes us hours too
The poll of 1,000 adults, paid for by British Gas, suggested that a third of them thought they spoke to people less because they e-mail and text them.

And almost half of them said they liked texting because they didn't have to bother with things like "hello" or "how are you?".

The survey said the average person spends:

  • 88 minutes on an ordinary phone
  • 62 minutes on a mobile phone
  • 53 minutes e-mailing
  • 22 minutes texting


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