A new national survey in Oz has found that an increasing number of Australians are fast become obsessed with their mobile phones.
The online survey of more than 2500 phone owners by consumer behaviour expert Diana James at the Queensland University of Technology found that one in five Australians are potentially addicted to their mobiles.
The survey focused on the psychological, financial and social impact of the skyrocketing use of mobile phones.
Diana James found that 22 per cent of the people surveyed considered themselves to be heavy or very heavy users of their mobile phones, and that 8 per cent had experienced monthly bills that were over A$500.
"Most of their phone time was spent contacting close friends and partners, or family, with just 11 per cent of phone time relating to business," she said. James’ findings also show that sending text messages now dominates Australians' use of mobile phones.
"People who did the survey used SMS almost three times as much as voice communication. The average respondent made 3.5 voice calls each day but sent nine text messages. They spent one hour on the phone every day on average, which included 35 minutes of texting," she said.