Smartphones have become an integral part of most people’s lives. Today we are going to look at the numbers to show just how much we use our smartphones.
Let’s break down a typical day, 8 hours of sleep, 1 hour of commute time and 8 hours of work for a total of 17 hours of the 24 hours each day, that you shouldn’t be on your phone. These leaves 7 hours to complete everything you need to during the day such as errands, chores and cooking dinner.
Let’s start with the biggest question, just how much does the average person use their smartphone in a typical day. According to Leftronic, that number is 2 hours and 51 minutes per day that the average person spends on their mobile device. If we factor that in the normal day listed above that only leaves us with just over 4 hours to do everything we need to outside of work each day. 22% of individuals check their phones every few minutes and 51% of users checking it a few times per hour.
Now that we know more about how much users use their mobile device, let’s look at just how many people own one. At the time of this blog, the world population is around 7.9 billion. In 2019 2.7 billion individuals owned a smart phone. That number doubles to over 5 billion if we include all mobile devices.
With these 5 billion devices, there were 194 billion apps downloaded in 2019. That comes out to just shy of 40 apps downloaded per device per year! We’ve already established that on average users are spending just shy of 3 hours a day on their mobile device, but how often are they actually doing something on their device? The average smartphone user has 63 interactions on their phone a day. 69% of users check their smartphone within 5 minutes of waking up, and 87% have checked it within 1 hour of going to bed. Perhaps the most telling stat, and the most annoying, is that 86% of people admit to having checked their phone while having a conversation with friends.
What impact does smartphone usage have on an individual’s health? We already know the average time spent is 2 hours and 51 minutes, but studies have shown that for those who use their smartphone an increased amount it can have health concerns. Individuals who use their smartphone 5+ hours a day have a 43% risk of obesity. Some doctors believe computers and smartphones are the prime reason for individuals gaining weight. There are not only physical concerns to be used a smartphone too much. A recent study showed that excessive smartphone usage decreased the individual’s ability to understand the information that they were getting. The fortunate thing about this, was that the study showed it is temporary and can be reversed by decreasing your smartphone usage.
This trend is beginning earlier and earlier as mobile devices become more commonplace in our culture. 56% of children between ages 8 and 12 have a cell phone, and even 21% of children under the age of 8 now how, and do use, a mobile device. In America, 40% of children will have their own cell phone by the age of 10.
Children are not the only age group that is using phones at an increased rate. Generation Z (Gen Z) has reached the point where 98% of individuals now own a smart phone, but they are not even the age group with the highest percentage of ownership. Millennials are the biggest mobile user group in the entire world, 100% of millennials have some sort of mobile device, with 94% owning a smart phone.
Smartphones and mobile devices undoubtedly are a very helpful tool and can make staying in touch with family and friends easier. But as we noted, too much usage can have unwanted consequences. Whether it be staying in touch, conducting business or simply for entertainment we all use our mobile device and they have become commonplace. With this increased usage, comes increased breaks. GeniusCPR is here to help. With the ability to repair smartphone, laptops, computers, gaming consoles and even smart watches our Genius technicians can get your device back in your hands. For any questions, contact your nearest GeniusCPR location.