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One in 20 Brits admit using a mobile phone during sex - and not in a good way - while almost half check mail while pretending to listen to their significant other talking.

More than half of us use our phones in bed, but that's forgivable as "checking email" is a marvellous excuse for another five minutes under the duvet. It is worrying, however, that 5 per cent of us aren't sufficiently distracted by a bit of horizontal jogging to put the mobile down, making it hardly surprising that 45 per cent can't ever relax thanks to ubiquitous connectivity.

The numbers come from Storage Options, which hired cut-price-YouGov outfit YourSayPays to ask 1,000 people about their mobile-phone usage.

They found that 49 per cent use their mobile device while pretending to listen to what their partner is saying (or "multi tasking" as they might have it), something so annoying that one in five survey respondents said they impose time limits on a partner's use of technology - though the more quick-witted among you might make use of their distraction to get them to agree to stuff while they're not paying attention.

Forty-five per cent say they can't cope without checking for status updates every hour, which makes an addiction to smoking seem benign (most smokers can cope a couple of hours at least, and some can sleep all night without breaking for a cigarette).

The obsession with staying up to date isn't new, though mobile technology allows it to intrude more into our lives. We've all experienced the horror of addressing a room full of people all of whom are busy tapping away on their miniliths, but when addressing a loved one then exclusive attention seems a reasonable thing to ask ... and if one can't get exclusivity when making the beast with two backs then something is definitely wrong. ®

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