Mobile phones are the second worst invention of all time. That's according to a survey in BBC Focus magazine which polled 4,164 Radio Times readers to find out which of man's inventions people hate the most.

Some 17 per cent said that 'mobile phones' were the most annoying thing ever created, beaten only by 'weapons' and closely followed by 'nuclear power'.

Speed cameras also made the top ten, whisking in at ninth place with two per cent of the vote.

It's easy to see why cigarettes made it into the list at number seven; it's even easier to see why mobiles scored so highly, with people all over the country seemingly unable to unglue their phones from the side of their heads.

This ties in with yesterday's report by Solutions Research Group which said that one third of smartphone users believe their gadgets chain them to work, rather than liberate them.

A third of those questioned who own BlackBerry -style devices also said they make them feel as though they are always on call and can't relax while at home. Over half the respondents agreed that they did not have "enough 'me' time".