Aussies push for smartphone code of conduct -

Tourist hotspots in Queensland Australian are to display a Smarter Smartphone Code of Conduct in a bid to crack down on "smartphone dependency".

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a survey commissioned by the local tourism body found that almost half of Australians had argued with their partner over mobile phone use.

Commissioned by Tourism and Events Queensland, the study found that half of Australians believe they could not live 24 hours without their smartphone, while 65 percent keep their phone within arm's reach all day, every day.

80 percent of people surveyed said they had had a conversation with someone who was texting at the same time.

The smartphone code of conduct is to be displayed on coasters, in taxis and on bedside tables in hotels across the Sunshine Coast.

Queensland is the first Australian state to introduce a code of conduct in its tourism industry.