Facebook and Twitter Now Nightly Routine for 72% Of Brits

Posted on Dec 5 2010 - 5:08pm by Richard Sharp

Cast your mind back 10 years and describe your routine before going to bed, it might have involved a bit of TV, reading or getting your things ready for the early morning wake up call. Now ask yourself the same question for today’s routine. A study has revealed that 72% of you check their social networking profiles before going to bed – a stark change when contrast when compared to the past.

The study of 6,000 people was performed by Travelodge (you know the ones who like their customers to have a great nights sleep). It showed that many British people are addicted to social networking, discovering that users tweet, poke and interact virtually with friends even when in bed – the peak time for activity is apparently 9:45pm.

18% of those surveyed admitted to Tweeting in bed, with 20% of all British adults checking Twitter for news on their favourite celebrity. Another surprising statistic was that 65% of those surveyed check their text messages before going to sleep – that’s a little lower than we expected. One thing that did shock us was the average time texting before going to sleep is 9 minutes with 40% of respondents admitting they text/chat with friends when in bed.

One surprising and perhaps shocking statistic is the 1 in 5 of the panel admitted to stopping mid way through love making to check a new text message – what a crazy world we live in.

The study concludes that many Brits lose sleep due to technology and social networking, it revealed that 27% of people are frequently awoken in the middle of the night by a text message or email alert.

Is it wrong to social network in Bed?

Travelodge Sleep Director, Leigh McCarron said: “Alarm clocks have been shown to cause heart rhythm irregularities which can cause a heart attack. The alarm clock’s strident ringing tone can be a shock to the body and mind. My recommendation is to wake up naturally as the awakening is part of a natural sleep-wake cycle and it can help you feel less groggy. Make your last thought before sleeping to be your intention to wake up at a particular time and sleep in complete darkness to aid a natural wake-up call.”

I love social networking but would never let it hurt my ‘real life’ and if forced to choose – I’d have to say I’m a lover not a Tweeter ;-).

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Richard Sharp is the founder of gadgetsandgizmos.org. He loves technology, gadgets (comes with the territory) and social media. You'll find him writing features, attending events and playing with cool tech. Life's good.

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