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The study has also discovered that three million people in Ireland, equivalent to 90% of the population, now have access to a smartphone - higher than the European average.
This annual research, carried out by Ipsos MORI on behalf of Deloitte, involved questioning a nationally representative sample of over 1,000 people aged 18-75.
It found our love affair with the smartphone is growing, with half of those surveyed saying they think they use their mobile phone too much.
44% of people check their smartphones during the night with the time, social media and messages the most commonly checked items, the research found.
But among those aged 18-24, night time use is even more common, with 60% checking their devices in the small hours.
Our smartphone obsession spans the entire day, with 40% of people here looking at their devices within five minutes of waking and just under a third checking them within five minutes of going to sleep. 
The survey reveals that mobile phone use among older people has grown by 6% to 54% since last year, with eight in every ten of those carrying a smartphone.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2017/1205/925007-smartphone/