You Probably Use Your Smartphone Way More Than You Think

How many times would you estimate that you check your iPhone every day? Thirty, 40 or 50 times? Take whatever number you came up with and double it, and then you might be getting close.

New research conducted by British psychologists shows that young adults use their smartphones roughly twice as much as they estimate that they do. In fact, the small preliminary study found that these young adults used their phones an average of five hours a day — that’s roughly one-third of their total waking hours.

“The fact that we use our phones twice as many times as we think we do indicates that a lot of smartphone use seems to be habitual, automatic behaviors that we have no awareness of,” Dr. Sally Andrews, a psychologist at Nottingham Trent University and the study’s lead author, told The Huffington Post in an email.

A lot of smartphone use seems to be habitual, automatic behaviors that we have no awareness of.”

For the study, the researchers asked 23 young adults to estimate how much they were using their Android smartphones during a specific two-week period, including the total amount of usage time and number of times they were checking their phones. The participants also answered questions about how their smartphone use affected their daily lives.

Meanwhile, the researchers also installed an app on each of the participants’ phones that recorded how much time they actually spent using the device during the two weeks.

What did the researchers find? There was no correlation between estimated and actual smartphone use. The participants checked their phones an average of 85 times a day each, which was roughly double what they estimated.

The researchers also found that more than half of the smartphone use — 55 percent — consisted of short bursts of less than 30 —> Read More