South Africans are now among the top users of smartphones globally, using them for apps like instant messaging and social media to communicate, other than traditional voice calls. This is according to the South African edition of the Deloitte Global Mobile Consumer Survey 2017.

The report says 2017 was a significant turning point in the mobile industry; it saw smartphones emerge as the most popular communication device, overtaking feature phones. Interestingly, 82% of us prefer instant messaging, and 74% social networking, when compared with text messages and voice calls.

Given the amount of time we spend on our devices, it’s natural to question whether it has become an addiction. This year, the two biggest mobile operating systems, iOS and Android, came out with tools to monitor how much time we spend on our smartphones.

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