Let’s perform a thought experiment, which I alluded to in the headline you just read. How often do you think you pick up your cell phone in a given day? One hundred times? Ha. No. Two hundred? Not even close. Five hundred?
Try three times that. According to a new study, the average human person picks up their phone 1,500 times a day.
To put it one way, if you are up for 16 hours, that’s 960 minutes. Which means you pick up your device more than once a minute for every waking minute of your life.
Maybe we are a bit addicted. It gets worse. From British jag rag, the Daily Mail:
Many of us have become so reliant on our smartphones, we use them to carry out a staggering 221 tasks every day.
A study of 2,000 smartphone owners revealed that the average user reaches for their phone at 7:31am each morning, to check personal emails and Facebook.
Over 200 tasks a day. From Seamlessing to Tweeting to texting, pretty much everything is done on phones. Which is why, us people folk, who didn’t even have them six years ago, are already hopelessly dependent.
And the average smartphone user is on their phone for three hours and sixteen minutes a day.
This amounts to almost one full day a week using their phone, so it’s no wonder almost four in ten users admitted feeling lost without their gadgets.
I try to believe I’m better. I have one steadfast phone rule, and that is to never take mine when I walk my dog. That gives me two hours a day without it. But I see so many people scrolling through their Nextels, unaware they are tugging and janking at their pup’s neck, who stopped to pee on a cigarette butt.
That’s because now, humans check their phone without even thinking about checking their phones.
Many owners also confessed to finding themselves using their phone without realising they’re doing so, with two thirds saying they have managed to log in and browse Facebook without thinking.
And surprisingly, four in ten said they have, at one time or another, checked their emails automatically without thinking.’
Basically phones are Soma.