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The average iPhone user spends a full work week on their phone, a new report claims

Most people spend much more time on their phones than they think. (Image via SolitaireD)
Most people spend much more time on their phones than they think. (Image via SolitaireD)
Do you know how much time you spend on your phone every day? A new study suggests that users spend significantly more time on their smartphones than they think. The study also claims that smartphone use is a notable cause of relationship strain in over a third of the population.

How much time do you spend every day on your phone? There’s a good chance your guess is far off.

A new study published by gaming company SolitaireD this month states that, on average, most iPhone users spend 39 hours and 54 minutes on their phones every week, roughly the equivalent of a workweek (spread over seven days). This comes from analytics taken from 667 iPhone users between August 13 through August 18, 2021.

Perhaps more surprisingly, the study revealed that 78% of respondents underestimated how much time they actually spent on their phones. The average estimate of phone use was 3 hours 42 minutes, but the average actual daily usage time is 5 hours 42 minutes. Most of that time was spent on social media, with an average of 1 hour 23 minutes, along with content consumption (e.g., YouTube or TikTok), web browsing, and online shopping.

Participants also underestimated how often they picked up their phones every day (40 times versus an actual average of 99 times). The study claims that about 20% of smartphone users (roughly one in five) use their phones eight hours a day or more.

All this smartphone use has led to interpersonal challenges for some. According to the study, 36% of respondents cited smartphone use as a cause of tension in a relationship. If this statistic bears out in the general population, that would mean roughly 104 million smartphone users in the United States have faced relationship troubles due to how much time they spend on their phones.

It should be mentioned that this study drew from a relatively small sample size (667 people among over 290 million smartphone users in the United States) and limited the sample to iPhone users. The study relied on users submitting screenshots of their Screen Time analytics after one week of use. However, it does give some insight into what has long been speculated to be a growing problem.

What do you think of SolitaireD’s study? How long do you spend on your smartphone every day? Let us know in the comments.

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Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Senior Tech Writer - 1172 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2021-09-20 (Update: 2021-09-20)