It's semi-official: Aussies are monsters for their mobiles.
A report by Deloitte has laid bare Australians' devotion to devices; more than half check their smartphone within 15 minutes of waking up, then the phone-owning population glance at their device 30 times a day on average.
Deloitte gave three explanations for the frequent device-checking.
"Australians are adept multitaskers and, as social creatures, easily distracted. Which ... when coupled with the fear of missing out (#FOMO) has the entire nation glancing at their devices more than 440 million times a day," the consultancy said.
The youngest demographic were the keenest phone-glancers, with 18-to-24-year-olds upping the daily average number of checks to 56 times. This was probably unsurprising given that 91 percent of the same age group admitted to using their phones while spending "quality time" with their parents and 83 percent did the same during a family meal.