2020 FACTSHEET ON SMARTPHONE ADDICTION FACTS AND STATISTICS
Smartphones are taking over our lives.
If current trends continue, we will soon be wearing them right on our faces for convenience and in a decade or two we may literally merge with our smartphones and become some sort of Androids.
In just a few years, smartphones have led to a massive drop in attention spans and the rise of a psychological phenomenon of continuous partial attention, where most people struggle to pay attention for long periods of time. Given that the knowledge-based economy requires exactly this kind of focused concentration for long periods of time, that’s a serious problem for a lot of people.
Is smartphone addiction real? Decide for yourself.
How Much Do We Use Our Smartphones:
Smartphones have come to dominate our leisure time.
- The average adult in the United States will spend 3 hours, 43 minutes per day on their mobile devices last year (just above the 3 hours, 35 minutes spent watching TV). – eMarketer Study
- The average American now spends 60 hours on screens per week including television, smartphones, and computer use at home and at work. – Neilsen U.S. Digital Consumer Report
- The typical smartphone user checks their smartphone every 12 minutes from when they wake up until they go to sleep. For young people below the age of 21, they check their phone every 8.6 minutes. – A Decade of Digital Dependency Study
- 40% of adults look at their phone within five minutes of waking up, rising to 65% of those aged under 35. And 37% of adults check their phones just before switching off the lights for bed, increasing to 60% for those under 35. – A Decade of Digital Dependency Study
- The average smartphone user will tap, swipe, click their smartphone 2,617 times a day while the top 10% do this about 5,427 times a day. – Dscout’s Mobile Touches Report
- 1 in 3 mobile owners would rather give up sex than their phones. – Wired Magazine
- 72% of regular smartphone users state that there is very little chance that they will ever move 5 feet away from their smartphone because if they do they will start feeling anxious.
- Young people who gave give up their smartphones performed worse on mental tasks when they were in “withdrawal,” and felt physiological symptoms, like increased heart rate and blood pressure. They also felt a sense of loss or lessening, of their extended self—their phones. – The Extended itself: The Impact of iPhone Separation on Cognition, Emotion, and Physiology
- The number of mobile phone users worldwide is 5.1 billion, with 3.2 billion regularly using social media. – We Are Social
- More than half of teens (54%) say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and 41% say they overdo it on social media. – Pew Research
- It is estimated that 40% of the American population is addicted to their smartphones. On top of this, 58% of men and 47% of women suffer from Nomophobia, which is the fear of being without a smartphone. – Psychology Today
The average American adult checks social media 17 times each day. – Mobile Marketing Watch