Phones keep getting smarter, but are we getting “dumber” about how we spend our screen time? Did you know these tempting little time thieves even rob us of our sleep?
Reviews.org recently released the results of their phone usage report, which shows on average, we spend 50 minutes on our devices each night before bed. Over time, those 50 minutes add up, costing the average American 12.5 days’ worth of sleep per year!
And there are even more shocking stats about how much time Americans spend on their phones. Since we have the world in the palms of our hands, it’s no surprise to learn that the average citizen spends a whopping 3 hours 19 minutes staring at their phone screen per day.
5 Stunning Facts About How Much Time Americans Spend on Their Phones
1. Americans check their phones 262 times per day
Once every 5.5 minutes, we check our phones to make sure we’re not missing out on anything! FOMO… it’s real.
2. The Last Thought, and the First Thought
Before we go to sleep, we make one last check. What’s more, 62% sleep with their phone at night, and 80% say they check their phone within the first 10 minutes of waking up.
3. Hey, I’m Right Here… I Can Hear You!
Why bother speaking to another human being when you can just text them? 67% of those polled say they have texted someone in the same room as them.
4. Eyes on the Road (60% of the time)
When it comes to operating a 3,000-lb vehicle at 65 mph, most of us are paying attention. However, the other 40% admit that they use or look at their phone while driving.
5. All You Need is Love—or a Great WiFi Signal
In Reviews.org’s survey, 45% of respondents said they’d really rather give up sex for 12 months rather than give up their phone for a year. And 32.7% say they spend more time on their cell phone than with their significant other. Worse, 17.3% of parents said they spend more time on their phones than with their children!
Were you surprised by how much time Americans spend on their phones? Hopefully, we will someday be able to strike a balance between their screen time and their offline lives… but it doesn’t look like we’re quitting our cell phone cravings any time soon. (You’re reading this on your phone right now, aren’t you?)