People who are active on social media have more people on phones than the rest of the population, according to new research.
The findings suggest that the way we connect with our friends and loved ones is changing, and is not just about our phones.
The new research is published in the journal Nature Communications.
The researchers analysed the number of people in the United States and Europe using smartphones, and the number and location of them on mobile devices.
The number of mobile phone users in the US and the UK were analysed in the same way.
The study found that, as of February 2017, there were over 16.5 billion mobile phone numbers worldwide.
In the UK, it was closer to 11.5bn.
In both countries, the researchers found that there are more people using their mobile phones than any other group.
In Europe, the number was slightly lower than the UK at 8.5billion.
But the researchers say this difference is small, with the UK and US being close to the same number of users.
The data showed that the number on phones increased in the past five years, and now stands at over 6.2 billion.
The most popular apps for mobile phones were Snapchat, Instagram, Whatsapp, Kik and Whatsapp Messenger.
The least popular apps were WhatsApp, Snapchat, Kik, Facebook Messenger and Facebook.
This is because social networks such as WhatsApp have been designed to be used for sharing pictures and videos and not for communication.
The research team suggest that social networks are being used by people who do not have time to get their phone on to their person.
This may have contributed to the rise in the number, because the social networks often take up more space on smartphones.
It is thought that this can lead to increased fragmentation, which is more likely to lead to problems such as a lack of privacy.
The authors also found that people in low-income countries were less likely to use mobile phones for communication and to be active on the internet.
They found that a smaller proportion of people from low-middle-income and low-wealth countries are active online, compared to those from high-income, high-wealth and middle-income nations.
“There are many reasons why people are opting out of using their phones for social networks, but these data provide new evidence of why it is important for governments to consider the importance of mobile phones in their communications strategy,” said Dr Mark McQuillan, lead author of the study and a research fellow at the University of Reading.
“These findings are likely to help policymakers in the UK to better target mobile phone use and address concerns that there is a disconnect between mobile phone usage and digital services.”
The study is the first to analyse the mobile phone habits of over 17,000 people in 21 countries, using data from Google Trends and the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
Dr McQuilan and his colleagues hope the research will encourage governments to make sure their citizens are using their devices for communication, and to address concerns about the lack of mobile data use in low and middle income countries.
This study also showed that countries with low mobile data usage are also likely to have higher levels of inequality.
In terms of mobile communication, the UK had the most mobile phone subscribers per capita, while Australia had the least, with over 8,000 mobile phone calls per capita.
The UK had one of the lowest levels of internet usage among countries, with less than 1 per cent of households having access to the internet at any given time.
Other findings included that people are more likely than the average person in the U.S. to use social networking sites, such as Facebook and Instagram, and use Whatsapp and Kik Messenger.
However, in countries with higher levels, people are also more likely on the web to share photos and videos, while people in poorer countries are less likely.
This could contribute to the growth of the social media app.
The next step for the researchers is to analyse data from other countries, such Europe, and look at the impact of mobile technology and the impact on the use of the internet and mobile devices on the wellbeing of citizens.
This work was funded by the Office for National Statistics and the European Commission.
The full paper can be found here.