How Often Do You Check Your Phone?

via John Hermann

via John Hermann

You do it while you eat, in class, at work, in the bathroom, while walking, everywhere you go you know you do this one thing, you check your phone. But exactly how many times do you check your phone in a day? Twice a day? Once every hour? More often? According to figures collected by a screen lock app, the average user checks their phone around 110 times day.

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The information was collected by the Android app Locket, which monitored how many times its 150,000 users checked their phone during the day.

The New York-based app pays users in return for showing ads on their locked screens. And
according to the data they acquired, an average user checks their device - which means they activate the screen by pressing the home or power button or they unlock the device – a whopping 110 times per day.

During peak hours, when users are most active, between 5 pm and 8 pm, over 75 per cent of people unlock their phones and actively use them. During off peak hours – between 3 am and 5 am – this figure drops to 24 per cent but still shows a quarter of people are using their devices in the early hours.

At peak times, the average person checks their device around 9 times an hour. Off peak, this drops to 4 times an hour.

This graph shows how many adverts are served by the Locket app over the course of a day. The number of advert impressions correlates to the number of people who are unlocking their devices at that time. Peak times are shown between 5pm and 8pm

This graph shows how many adverts are served by the Locket app over the course of a day. The number of ad impressions correlates to the number of people who are unlocking their devices at that time. (courtesy of Locket)

However we should note that this figure may be higher among Locket users because the app gives people a monetary incentive to unlock their device.

Researchers in Finland found that most people obsessively check their menu screen, news, e-mail, and apps, even though the likelihood of seeing new and interesting information keeps decreasing. “The more you do it, the less you gain,” says study author Antti Oulasvirta, Ph.D. Which means that you don’t own your phone, it owns you. And it is affecting your ability to focus, think about how much time you spent looking at your phone the last time you were hanging out with friends or on a date. 

Another report states that the average user actually checks their phone closer to 150 times per day. The researchers narrowed the results down, finding that people check their phones, on average, 23 times a day for messaging, 22 times for voice calls and 18 times to get the time.

So what is the takeaway? Well you are spending a lot of time on the phone, perhaps setting your phone settings so that it makes a sound when there is useful activity occurring could help you avoid wasting time checking the screen for no reason, but you already knew that.  

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1. Munoz-Miralles R, Ortega-Gonzalez R, Batalla-Martinez C, Lopez-Moron MR, Manresa JM, Toran-Monserrat P. Access and use of new information and telecommunication technologies among teenagers at high school and health implications. Atencion Primaria. September 12, 2013. DOI: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24035765