How Often Do People Check Their Phone?

alex atkins bookshelf cultureCell phone addiction is a very real problem; it even has a name: nomophobia. A person with nomophonia obsessively checks his or her cell phone and feels anxious when not connected to the internet. And losing a smartphone causes absolute panic — increased heart rate, difficulty in breathing, and overwhelming anxiety. Watching a person look for their lost cell phone is like watching a junkie tearing their room apart to find their missing stash. It isn’t pretty. And every parent knows that taking away is cell phone is the most draconian punishment for an adolescent; it is considered the nuclear option. But we digress — researchers have found that increased smartphone use leads to increased narcissism as well as an increase in level of cell phone addiction that paradoxically leads to loneliness, moodiness, and jealousy. That’s right — all those happy, laughing emojis in the realm of the zestful social network do not necessarily lead to a happy, fulfilling life. In the past few years, several studies have provided insight into mobile phone addiction; here are the sobering statistics about how often people check their phones [insert startled emoji]:

The average person checks his or her phone 85 times per day

The average person checks his or her phone every 5 minutes.

The average person spends about five hours a day using apps and web browsing

At least 50% of smartphone use occurs in burst of 30 seconds or less (researches call this “rapid mobile phone interactions”)

37% of people carry a back up battery on a daily basis

14% of people carry a back up cell phone on a regular basis

14% of people carry a portable charger on a daily basis

The average person touches their phone 2,617 times a day

The average person clicks, taps, or swipes their phones 5,427 times a day

Americans between the ages of 18 to 24 check their phones about 74 times a day

Americans between the ages of 25 to 34 check their phones about 50 times a day

Americans between the ages of 35 to 44 check their phones about 35 times a day

Americans who are deceased check their phones 0 times a day (just checking to see if you were paying attention)

Americans collectively check their phone 8 billion times a day

81% of Americans check their phones while dining out at restaurants

26% of Americans ages of 18-24 text message immediately after waking up (before checking email)

Most common daily smartphone activities of the average person: text messaging, website browsing, voice/video calls; email

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