The Brits use their smartphones in the loo! The loo!

Smartphone addiction grips U.K., new survey reveals

Just in case you thought the Yanks were the only ones addicted to their smartphones, check out this recent survey from across the pond.

Conducted by Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the U.K. communications industries, the survey reveals that 37% of adults and 60% of teens confess to being "highly addicted" to their smartphones.

And how does this addiction manifest itself?

* 81% of smartphone users keep their devices on at all times, even when sleeping

* 38% of adults and 40% of teens admit using their smartphone after it woke them (wake and bake!)

* 23% of adults and 34% of teens use their smartphones during meals

* The volume of data transmitted over mobile networks in the U.K. increased by a factor of 40 from 2007 through 2010.

* 18% of adults and 27% of teens will use their smartphones in cinemas, libraries and other places where they're not supposed to. Cheeky!

Speaking of cheeky...

* 47% of U.K. teens and 22% of adults use or answer their smartphones while using the bathroom

OK, there should be disclosure law for that. You just can't do that to other people!

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