Health department data released today reveals a majority of people are using their phones to get around the home, with people on the couch and sitting in the car being the worst affected.
Data from the Public Health England showed the number of people using their phone at home was nearly four times higher than at pubs and clubs, and a third of those using their smartphones at home had a drink in hand.
This included people on their own or in groups.
Around two thirds of those who use their smartphones to get to work said they used it for a meeting or other activity.
Around one in five people using smartphones in the workplace used them for the same reason, while one in four people using them for work were in a meeting.
The data shows people are spending an increasing amount of time in the front room and taking calls, which is bad news for those with chronic illnesses.
People who spend more time in front of their phones are more often in the habit of taking calls and are more prone to depression and anxiety, the data shows.
It said the data showed the most common use of mobile phones was for work.
The Department of Health said people were more likely than those at work to use mobile phones for work because they were able to work more safely and more effectively.
The number of mobile phone users in the UK has risen by more than half over the past five years, and the department said it had seen an increase in the number working from home as a result.
A survey carried out by the department last year found that more than three quarters of people aged between 25 and 44 used their phones for business purposes.
The figures showed people in the 55-59 age group were most likely to be using their mobile phones, while those aged over 65 were more than twice as likely as those aged between 16 and 19 to be taking them for business.
More than half of people in England were using their cellphones to get online, while more than one in three used their smartphone for work, the research found.
There were more people using phones at work than at home, but the majority of those in work were using them to work on a number of different projects, such as cleaning and cleaning people’s homes, or helping people with their shopping, the survey found.
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About 1,000 of those calls were for work and about 700 were to health services.
This compares with about 442 mobile phone messages being made per minute in 2014, with the overall number of calls made per hour falling by over half.
About two thirds (65 per cent) of people working from their homes were using mobile phones in work, compared with about one third (34 per cent, or 16,000 people) at work, according the new figures.
People aged 55-64 were more commonly using mobile phone in work than those aged under 65, but also more frequently used them in social and recreational activities.
In 2015, a third (33 per cent or 6,000) of those working from the home used their mobile phone to talk on the phone at work.
People in work also had the most mobile phone use at home of all groups, with more than two thirds using their devices for work at home and almost three quarters (65 cent) using them on their phones at home.
More work on the mobile phone has been linked to increased rates of chronic illness, including diabetes and depression, the latest figures from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) show.
A third of people with a chronic condition have a smartphone and a quarter of people who are obese have a mobile phone, the DWP said.
The statistics also show people who work in pubs and bars were the least likely to have a phone, with just one in six of those aged 20-29 and just over one in ten people aged 30-39 having a mobile.
The DWP is also revealing that people with disabilities were using phones less, with fewer than a quarter (23 per cent and 17,000, respectively) of disabled people using a mobile in work compared to 16 per cent of people without disabilities.
The health and social care secretary, Owen Paterson, said: “More and more people in our society are using mobile devices to get on with their lives and to be part of the community, whether it’s a job interview, shopping or shopping online, meeting people or meeting a friend.”
As a result, it’s vital that we keep people connected to those who need their support.
This data shows that the use of smartphones and tablets are being used to get our families, friends and neighbours together, and to improve health and wellbeing.
“This is not a new phenomenon,