Now with more time spent at home, many of us may find our phone usage has significantly increased.
Whether keeping in touch with friends and family, doomscrolling Twitter or staying entertained with endless TikTok videos, phones are definitely an essential.
But with that said, you may still be surprised to learn that over our lifetimes we’ll spend almost a decade on our phones.
A study by WhistleOut surveyed 1,000 American smartphone users to see just how much time we spend on our phones and the results are staggering.
The survey found that millennials (born 1981-1996) spend almost a quarter of their waking lives on their phones, taking up 23.1% of their day.
That figure drops to 16.5% for Generation X (born 1965- 1980) and is even lower for Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), with 9.9% of their waking hours spent scrolling.
In the study, researchers also calculated the average number of hours a day we spend on our phones, which also varied heavily between generations.
The average screentime per day for millennials is at 3.7 hours, Gen X spend an average of 3 hours and Boomers are again the lowest at 2.5 hours.
By totting up the figures, WhistleOut were able to estimate that the average phone user, over the course of their life, will spend 8.74 years on their phones.
But they explain that, particularly for millennials who were among the first people to grow up with this technology, a lot of phone usage is down to tech-focused jobs they’re in.
If you’re concerned about your phone usage and need ways to reduce it, WhistleOut suggest using an app blocker to lock apps at certain times, trying audit apps that track your usage (some social media platforms have their own in-built versions of this) or going the old-fashioned way and putting your phone out of reach.
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