According to a new survey, the vast majority of British people of all ages think that their parents had easier, simpler lives and much of the stress levels in modern life are blamed on technology.

In the survey carried out by easyMobile the mobile phone arm of Stelios' Easy chain, nearly two-thirds of adults think life was once easier because people had less technology to deal with.

Even supposed "techno-dependent" adults (74% of whom “could not live without their mobile phone”) think technology brings excess complexity to life and over 50% of 18-24-year-olds, born after the technology boom of the early-80s, believe their parents had an easier lot simply because they had less technology in their lives.

The survey, which does list how many entrants the survey results are pulled from, said that over 80% of all UK adults now own a mobile phone and according to research half of them believe they “couldn't live without their mobile phone”.

The survey was commissioned to show how confusing mobile tariffs are supposedly hindering mobile phone take-up.