Wireless communications device manufacturers may be interested to hear that 35 per cent of smartphone owners load applications on their device before getting out of bed in the morning.
This is according to research conducted by Ericson ConsumerLab, which studied internet usage in the US, Europe and Japan.
It found that 18 per cent of smartphone users engage with social networking applications like Facebook before their feet leave the mattress.
Some 20 per cent use social networking apps as they lie in bed before sleep, while another ten per cent use them while commuting.
"Prior to the introduction of smartphones, consumers tended to use the internet in 'chunks' - they would tend to confine their internet activities to when they had an opportunity to sit in front of a computer," the report noted.
"Smartphones allow people to go online the very instant they get the impulse. Internet access is thus becoming more spontaneous and unplanned."
Posted by Andre Dixon