HOW MUCH TIME DOES THE AVERAGE PERSON SPEND ON THEIR PHONE?
It has become quite apparent that in both a personal and professional capacity we really do seem to be addicted to our smartphones. How often do you find yourself slipping your gadget out of your bag or pocket to simply see if you’ve missed a call, text, email, message or other such notification? Then once you’ve unlocked the screen you find yourself aimlessly tapping around refreshing apps and waiting for the next interaction. In fact for those so immersed in the idea of using their smartphone frequently throughout the day just going without it for a couple of hours can seem like torture.
Incredibly the average person in the UK checks their phone 221 times a day, which works out roughly to be around 9 times every hour. And what’s more astonishing is that this figure rises even further in the evening with the average person checking on their devices every 6 seconds. These figures may seem surprising but there are many users out there that simply unlock and check their phones so often without even really being conscious of what they are doing. It’s this level of frequency that appears to have become an instinctive action born out of habit which serves no actual purpose and some people are concerned.
With almost 3 entire hours of our waking lives filled with the task of checking our phones is this having a serious effect on our social lives? Various studies have shown that this potentially unhealthy relationship with our smartphones is actually affecting our relationships. The time we spend with partners and friends is becoming significantly reduced and people aren’t taking up traditional pastimes in favour of messaging apps and online social networks. In fact, behind browsing the internet, checking social networks such as Facebook and Twitter is the 2nd most common use for smartphone owners.
Amazingly, aside from social networking and internet browsing, one might expect that making calls, sending text messages and checking emails would be the next most common use for what ultimately are the most fundamental features of a phone. However listening to music and gaming are the next most commonly carried out tasks. Mobile gaming itself has exploded in recent years and now more and more of us are taking our phones seriously as a gaming device. Where once generations where flocking to their local bingo halls to socialise with friends, many are now opting to visit sites like comfy bingo and this has worried many social commentators.
With smartphone usage set only to rise, will face-to-face contact become a thing of the past?