Irish people check their phones on average 50 times a day - down from 55 times a day last year - according to a survey by Deloitte.

The study found that women check their phones 54 times a day on average, while men do so an average of 46 times daily.

While many people use their phone alarm to wake them in the morning, 32% of respondents reported checking their phone within five minutes of waking for purposes other than silencing the alarm.

Four percent of people admitted checking their phone over 200 times a day on average, while two-thirds of people said they are trying to limit their smartphone use.

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Around three in every ten people said over-use of their phone meant they had increased levels of distraction when performing a task (29%), were not getting to bed on time (28%) or that they constantly felt they had to check their phone (26%).

When it comes to what we are doing on our phones, 85% of Irish people use their smartphones to access the WhatsApp messaging service, while 72% use it for work emails and, in a sign of the times, 60% used it to make phone calls.

Twenty-eight percent of people say they stream a movie or TV show on their phone at least once a week.

Deloitte's 2019 Mobile Consumer Survey is the Irish data cut of Deloitte’s Global Mobile Consumer Survey, a multi-country study of mobile phone users around the world.