Average Person Checks Smartphone 221 Times A Day

By now few people will deny just how reliant they are on their smartphones and a new survey has put figures, dizzying figures to this trend. For most of us the first thing we do when we get up is reach for our mobile phones.

It could be to check the time, look up our email or check the weather forecast so we know whether that t-shirt or jacket will be a good idea.

But the fact of the matter is that our first interaction with anything for the day is not the alarm clock but our mobile phones. By the end of the day, most people in the UK will have looked up their smartphones 221 times the survey has concluded.

Our interaction with our phones begins as early as 7.30 in the morning, the Tecmark survey which used a sample of 2,000 smartphone users found.

Early morning usage is centred around Facebook (checking what friends have posted and updating one’s own status) and leafing through email.

Even before getting out of bed most of the survey takers checked their mail, responded to text messages and updated themselves on recent events via their news feeds. As the day wares on, most of us will launch mobile banking apps and apps to check train schedules among other applications that provide important information, but of course a good chunk of our day is spent on social networking apps.

In total the survey found that of the 24 hours in a day, most of us will spend 3 hours 16 minutes on our smartphones.

Totted up over a week, this easily translates into a full day, that is if sleeping time is included.

If this is the amount of time the average smartphone user spends with their beloved gadget, think of how much time a fully-fledged phone addict spends with their toy. The MD of Tecmark, Richard Heyes, put it this way:

“More than 1,500 times a week is a lot of times to pick up a small gadget like a mobile phone…for most of us it’s now second nature.” He pointed out that most of us don’t even realise we have our phones in our hands when we’re using them.

The rise in smartphone usage is a direct result of the increased functionality they offer. We now no longer have to be at a computer to read emails, type responses or view attachments.  

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