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Nearly half of us rely on our smartphones more so than before the pandemic


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Almost half of Irish adults now rely on their smartphones more than they did pre-pandemic, according to new research.

Samsung Ireland has highlighted the increasingly flexible work habits of Irish workers.

The national survey, conducted by iReach, explores how the pandemic has changed the way we work, be it working from the office, from home or a hybrid approach.

It also examined people’s attitudes when it comes to productivity, as well as their behaviours when commuting.

When asked about the type of technology people rely on most, mobile technology came out on top with 68pc of Irish adults saying that smartphones and laptops respectively are their most commonly used devices for work. And 46pc of respondents said they cannot work without their mobile device, most of the time.

Access to reliable Wi-Fi is also important, with 76pc of Irish people saying they rely on a stable connection more than ever before.

Paul Toland, head of MX sales at Samsung Ireland, said the research provides a great “temperature check” on the country’s adoption and use of technology as a result of the pandemic.

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“Mobile technology such as smartphones and laptops have never been more critical as workers aim to stay engaged when away from the desk or working from home,” he said.

The research found that one in nine Irish adults are more likely to work on-the-go since the pandemic.

In addition, 56pc of respondents either want to embrace a hybrid working model or work more flexibly. Just 5pc of 18- to 24-year-olds want to go back to the office full-time, with 81pc wanting to embrace a hybrid model.

When it comes to productivity, 65pc of 18- to 24-year-olds said they are more productive when in the office, compared to 31pc of 25- to 44-year-olds.

Meanwhile, 34pc of 18- to 24-year-olds admitted to checking emails on their smartphones outside of working hours more frequently than pre-pandemic, making them more likely to do so than older cohorts.

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