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Need.My.Smartphone.

iPhone5I will not check my email as soon as I get out of bed. (whoops, I did)

I will not look at my phone for the next 10 minutes. (uh oh, it was 5 minutes)

I will not post anything to Facebook today via my smartphone. (um, yeah right)

Well, I tried, right? Actually, smartphone owners ages 18 to 44 spend more than two hours a day communicating and using social media on their devices, according to a new IDC Research report. Eighty percent check their smartphones within 15 minutes of waking up.

Sound familiar? Take a look at this article from PR Daily, which states “despite the hours we dedicate to our phones each day, the smartphone users surveyed don’t associate their devices with feeling stressed out or lonely as much as they do with feelings of ‘connectedness’ and ‘productivity.'”

Here are some other revealing numbers from the report, which Facebook sponsored:

  • 49 percent of the entire U.S. population uses a smartphone, according to previous research from IDC. By 2017, the percent of smartphone users is expected to reach 68 percent.
  • 132 minutes is the average amount of time each day that smartphone users spend communicating and using social media on their phones. Over the weekend, Friday through Sunday, that number increases to 163 minutes. Monday through Thursday, it drops to 87 minutes.
  • 70 percent of smartphone users check Facebook on their phones; 61 percent check it every day. The average number of times respondents check Facebook on their phones is 14.
  • 50 percent of smartphone users check Facebook at the movies.
  • Four out of five smartphone users check their phones within the first 15 minutes of waking up. Among them, 80 percent say it’s the first thing they do in the morning.
  • 79 percent of smartphone users have their phone on or near them for all but two hours of their waking day—63 percent keep it with them for all but one hour. One-fourth couldn’t recall a time of the day when their phone wasn’t in the same room as them.

Yep, I’m in that “one-fourth” who couldn’t recall a time of the day when their phone wasn’t in the same room as them. Well, unless you count when I was in the living room and my phone was in the kitchen … but that’s a moo point.

 

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