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A dodgy survey of surveys by online pawnbrokers CashGenerator.co.uk has compiled a list of bad phone habits that are stopping the world's smartphone owners sleeping, socialising and having sex.

It's a sorry picture.

The standout finding is that one in six of us would interrupt sex to leap out of bed and answer the phone, 83 per cent of us sleep with our phones by our bedsides and 35 per cent of phone owners use apps before getting out of bed. Faced with a choice, 33 per cent of phone owners would rather give up sex for a week than give up their mobile phone. And a whopping 70 per cent would give up alcohol for a week before giving up their mobile phone.

The social side of things doesn't look much better: 50 per cent of people prefer digital communication to face-to-face conversation, 60 per cent use their phones while socialising with other people and 15 per cent admit to pulling out their mobile phones to prevent social interaction with unknown people at parties.

Forty per cent of people would answer their phone while in the toilet.

The, er, "experts" quoted in the survey suggest turning your phone off occasionally. Though just letting sex reach its natural conclusion and learning a few conversation openers might avoid the worst of these problems.

The survey proposes a nine-point checklist to test whether a person is addicted to their phone. How do you do?

  1. You never turn off your phone
  2. You send texts as you walk down the street
  3. You make telephone calls in the library/cinema
  4. You regularly make personal calls at work
  5. You post social networking updates in work meetings
  6. Sometimes use your phone while in the toilet
  7. Use phone to avoid social interaction
  8. Use your phone instead of the TV
  9. You get up in the night to check Facebook and Twitter

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