Smartphone addiction facts & statistics (Updated 2019)

Smartphone addiction is real. We cannot continue to avoid this issue that is taking us away from our mindful journey. 

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Smartphone addiction facts & statistics (Updated 2019)

Smartphone addiction stats

  • A large majority of Americans (92%) believe that smartphone addiction is real. Although 60% of Americans think they touch their phone 100 times or less per day, the reality is that a typical user taps, touches, or swipes their phone a staggering 2,617 times per day (US survey by KDA Engineering).
  • The smartphone is the last thing most people look at before going to bed at night (Phubbed and Alone: Phone Snubbing, Social Exclusion, and Attachment to Social Media”, 2019).

  • Mobile technology is perceived to cause negative effects to sleep. Of the respondents, 44% had been woken up by the noise, and 41% by the light from a mobile phone in the bedroom (Together in Bed? Couples' Mobile Technology Use in Bed - T. Salmela, A Colley, J. Häkkilä, 2019)

  • 74% of the respondents used mobile technology, i.e. a smartphone or tablet, in the shared bed at least once a week. However, only 18% reported using a shared smartphone or tablet together in bed (Together in Bed? Couples' Mobile Technology Use in Bed - T. Salmela, A Colley, J. Häkkilä, 2019).

  • 2/3  of Americans say that they “somewhat or strongly agree that periodically ‘unplugging’ or taking a ‘digital detox’ is important for their mental health ( The APA’s Stress in America, 2018). 

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  • Test subjects who received their notifications in batches three times a day reported they felt significantly happier, more focused, and less stressed than those who received notifications as usual, or not at all ( American Psychology Association's conference of Technology, Mind, and Society, 2018).

  • We spend more time staring at our phones than making eye contact (Bank Of America, 2016)

  • Top technology leaders like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates among other confirmed they've restricted or limited their children's screen time (New York Times, 2017)

  • 89% of participants said that insensitive use of technology had negatively affected their personal relationships (VitalSmarts, 2014)
  • 99% of people still use their phone as an alarm clock, affecting negatively their quality of sleep (Bagby, 2017)

  • The mere presence of one’s own smartphone reduces available cognitive capacity (Adrian F. Ward, Kristen Duke, Ayelet Gneezy, and Maarten W. Bos, 2017) - Link to study
      • 1 In 3 People checks their smartphones in the middle of the night (2016, Deloitte Global Mobile Consumer Survey)

      • Americans are viewing their smartphones more often than ever before, on average 52 times per day. That's up from 47 times a day, last year. (2018 Global mobile consumer survey: US edition, Deloitte). 
        • Conversation killer! 85% of smartphone users will check their device while speaking with friends and family (2018, BankMyCell’s)
        • 84% of adults cannot go an entire day without their phones in their hands. (2012, TIME Mobility Poll)

        • An average person will spend more than five years of their life on social media (2016 MediaKix)

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          • 80% of smartphone users check their phone within 1 hour of waking or going to sleep35% of which will do within 5 minutes (2016, Deloitte Global Mobile Consumer Survey).

          • 47% of smartphone users have attempted to limit their usage in the past – only 30% of which feel they were successful (2018, BankMyCell’s).

          • 79% of adult smartphone users have their phones with them for 22 hours a day (2017, IDC Research).

          • Smartphones are causing ADHD-Like symptoms in adults (2016, Silence your phones: University of British of Columbia)

          • The average time spend on smartphones AND tablets is 261 minutes a day (4hrs 33mins) ((2018, BankMyCell’s).
          • The average user spends 76 minutes a day (1hr 16mins) on the top 5 social media apps (2018, Nielsen).

          • The average user will tap, swipe, click their phone 2,617 times a day (Dscout's 2016 Mobile Touches Report)

          • Young people who gave give up their phones 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. (2015 The Extended iSelf: The Impact of iPhone Separation on Cognition, Emotion, and Physiology)

          • Out of 18-29-year-old smartphone owners surveyed, 22% check their phone every few minutes51% check a few times an hour (2015, Gallup pool).

          • Top 5 Countries with Smartphone Usage: Brazil, China, United States, Italy, Spain (Statista, 2018)

          • Nearly 3 out of 4 workers (70 percent) admit they feel distracted when they're on the job. The problem is biggest for Millennials and Gen Zers, with 74 percent reporting feeling distracted. ( Udemy's survey, 2018)

          • Countries like China or South Korea have recognized internet addiction as new disease (Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD)) and fund internet and gaming addiction treatment centers (CNN, 214) 

          At Bagby, we are not here to add unnecessary technology. We are here to create beautifully crafted and welcoming reminders that real connections start the moment we put our smartphones away and we proudly celebrate that. Our aim is to develop digital-free and simple solutions that people use in their homes and workspaces and become a part of their everyday life. This is WHY we call ourselves "Digital Wellness with a Human Soul".

          Our key advice? Start with the bedroom. Don't use your smartphone as alarm-clock. 



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