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Smartphones and tablets add two hours to the working day.

Posted 31st October 2012.

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An extra 460 hours are worked by people who use mobile devices, according to a new study.

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The researchers claim that users with email on their phones check for new messages 20 times a day, adding as much as two hours to each individual day.

In a separate study for TripAdvisor, researchers also found that the majority of people check their emails while on holiday, and roughly the same numbers make calls to their workplace.

Pixmania’s study found that the average working day is now up to 12 hours long as users spend nine or 10 hours at work and another two making work phone calls or sending work emails. One in ten admitted to spending up to three hours checking work emails, either on a phone or a computer.

Nearly nine out of ten office workers can access their email on their phones, and two-thirds check emails as they wake up and as they go to bed.

The survey found that the typical time for first checking emails is between 6am and 7am. A third checking their first email between those times and a quarter check between 11pm and midnight.

Ghadi Hobeika, marketing director of Pixmania, said: ‘Many companies expect their employees to be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and smartphones mean that people literally cannot get away from work. The more constantly in contact we become, the more is expected of us in a work capacity.’

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