Americans now check their phones up to 96 times per day: new study

Phones can be a profound source of micro-organisms. (Credit: iFixit via YouTube)
Phones can be a profound source of micro-organisms. (Credit: iFixit via YouTube)
Asurion has published the results of research that show US residents may have checked their phones as often as every 10 minutes in 2019. Furthermore, over 40% of the study's respondents admitted to taking their mobile devices out in public places, bathrooms included. Findings such as these may remind us all to disinfect our electronics more often.
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In a climate increasingly dominated by the novel coronavirus CoViD-19, and the measures intended to curb its developing pandemic status, it may be more important than ever to recognise common disease vectors and modes of transmission. Unfortunately for many tech enthusiasts, they include the beloved devices that are needed for work (or not) on a regular basis.

A study published by Asurion indicates that US residents may handle their smartphones up to 96 times per day, or with a frequency of up to 10 minutes. This conclusion stems from the analysis of responses recorded from 1998 smartphone users across this country during August 2019. Its publishers also asserts that up to 45% of Americans have yielded to the temptation to use their phones in public bathrooms at least once.

Furthermore, as many as 60% of these individuals may now leave these devices out in restaurants or bars. However, exposing them to such communal surfaces may be even less of a good idea than normal these days. Asurion also advises a regular phone-cleaning to prevent disease. There are a number of methods to do so effectively, from the use of isopropyl alcohol (just be careful around the ports) to UV sanitizing enclosures specifically designed for mobile devices.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-03-13 (Update: 2020-03-13)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.