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On an average, women use their smartphones for anywhere between four to six hours a day and are more addicted to the phones than men, a study conducted at the Ajou University in South Korea said.

The study found that 52 percent of the women who participated in the survey used their smartphones for four hours a day or longer. Among male participants, only 29.4 percent used their smartphones for four hours or longer duration, the Indo-Asian News Service reported.

The study said that women are more prone to smartphone addiction than men.

The study involved 1,236 students from six colleges. Twenty-three percent of women participants were found to use smartphones for six hours every day, whereas only 10.8 percent of male respondents used smartphones for the equal period of time.

"We expect adolescents are likely to show similar results. Female users are advised to consciously put their phones out of their reach from time to time," Chang Jae-yeon, the study lead author said in a paper published in the journal Public Health Reports.

While analysing the patterns of smartphone addiction among women, the study found that they use phones mainly for surfing facebook, instagram than making calls games and searches.

Men seemed to have far more control and were found to be using smartphones only during breaks.

Women, however, check their phones even while talking and travelling.

The study underlined that since women's desires of networking and communication are greater than men, they tend to become more dependent on social networking services, which are available on smartphones.

One in five women (20.1 percent) respondents said that they develop insecure feelings beyond normal when they cannot use their smartphones . Only 8.9 percent of men reported such feelings , the study concluded.