'I broke my smartphone and I had to do without it for two weeks, which nearly killed me'
Sales rep Deborah Moore (43), who shares a home in Belfast with her civil servant partner of 16 years Jim Mallon (49), is a self-confessed smartphone addict. She says:
I couldn't live without my iPhone 5. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do before I even get out of bed is check my emails on my phone.
Then I go onto Facebook to have a nosey and look at what's going on. I normally spend about 20 minutes doing that before I get up.
I mostly use Facebook, and Whatsapp to a lesser extent, but I haven't started using Twitter as I'm a bit scared I'll become addicted to it too.
Not that long ago I broke my phone and had to do without it for about two weeks, which nearly killed me. The days really dragged in. It was terrible.
I'm usually on the phone all day, checking what's going on and it's also the last thing I do before going to sleep at night so it is very important to me.
I spend around two hours a day on Facebook, but I also like calling my family and friends as well, especially if I'm bored when I'm on the road for work.
Apart from keeping in touch with friends, I have managed to track down old acquaintances on Facbeook.
I caught up with my best friend from my school days about eight years ago and we've been the best of buddies ever since.
She now lives in the Isle of Man so it's cheaper to communicate that way than via expensive international calls. I have also met new people on social media because it's a good way of getting to know friends of other friends.
My partner Jim doesn't mind me being a bit anti-social with him when I'm on the phone but he does complain about the bills I rack up, as he pays for my phone.
I'm on a £41-a-month tariff but somehow I end up adding on an additional £60 or £70 in phone calls.
In saying that, my bills have come down from £100 over the past while...I'm also prone to breaking phones, which isn't great when keeping in touch with the outside world is so important to me.