Ten gadgets per Briton
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Ten gadgets per Briton
Ten gadgets per Briton - Telegraph
People in the UK collectively own more than 606m gadgets, at a ratio of ten devices per person.
Despite owning so much technology, Britons are not good at taking care of their devices and more than half of people overcharge their gadgets for an average of three hours each time.
The habit causes tension and more than a quarter of people argue about overcharging while 58 per cent of parents blaming their children for carelessly leaving devices plugged in.
People in the UK charge their devices while on the move, with three in 10 people charging while at a friend's house, while more than 3.2m men charge their smartphone at the pub, according to research by E.ON.
Many leave gadgets plugged in out of forgetfulness but more than ten per cent mistakenly think that overcharging will help keep devices working properly.
The most common gadgets to be left overcharging are mobile phones, followed by laptops, tablets and then electric toothbrushes.
Gadgets expert Jason Bradbury said: “It’s astonishing that over half of people are overcharging their gadgets – there is clearly a lot of confusion about what’s good for technology.
“Overcharging a gadget can often do more harm than good; it can reduce the lifespan of batteries. So it’s important to check the optimum charging time for each individual gadget to make sure you keep it working well and ensure you don’t use more energy than you need to."
Energy efficiency expert at E.ON, Beverley Maguire, said: “Leaving gadgets on charge is causing heated arguments in households across Britain. The biggest problem is people plugging their mobile phones in to charge and forgetting all about them.
“There are simple steps we can all take to ensure we aren’t needlessly wasting energy. For example, mobile phones only take between one to two hours to charge, so if you don't want to keep checking on its progress, just set your alarm for two hours later so you’ll know when it’s fully charged."