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July 10, 2015

Americans Obsessed With Their Smartphones, Study Finds

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Are you obsessed with your phone? If you answered yes, you are not alone.

About half of all Smartphone users in the U.S. check their phones several times in the course of an hour. A Gallup pole found that 11 percent check every few minutes and 41 percent check a few times an hour. Another 20 percent check their phones about once an hour. Only 28 percent check their phones less frequently.

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The numbers should come as no surprise, given that Gallup discovered Americans are rarely away from their Smartphones. In fact, 81 percent of Smartphone users admit to keeping their phones near them “almost all the time during waking hours.”

Even in sleep, many Americans can’t bear to be too far from their handset — a full 63 percent said they keep it near them 24/7.

“Some of this may be simple convenience if the phone is checked last thing before going to sleep and first thing upon waking,” the report reads. “It may also reflect that many Americans use the alarm clock feature on their Smartphone to wake them up each morning.”

Despite Americans’ obsession with their Smartphones, 61 percent believe they check their phones less often than the people they know.

“Why Americans tend to perceive that they monitor their smartphone less often than others is not firmly established,” the report says. “It’s possible that Americans either misperceive what others are doing, or that they feel it is a socially undesirable behavior and therefore want to believe that they aren’t doing it as much as others.”

Not surprisingly, the worst offenders of checking their phones obsessively are those under the age of 50. In the 18-29 category, 22 percent check their device every few minutes and 51 percent check a few times an hour while of those aged 30-49, 12 percent check every few minutes and 47 percent check s few times an hour.

Results of the survey are based on 15,747 members of the Gallup Panel who own Smartphones.


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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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