We lost. The gadgets won.

I'm saying that facetiously, I admit. I'm an avid tech user and see the benefits of using these tools for work. The irony is that, when they become more than tools, I get a little nervous. When I wrote about screen addiction not long ago, quite a few readers noted how they are hopelessly hooked as well. The main finding in that article was that there is a trigger. We really like getting micro-feedback. It fuels our gadget obsessions.

Recently, I came across a few sobering stats that made me wonder if the problem is getting worse. As you look these over, think about which ones resonate with you the most--and more importantly, what we can do about it.

1. We tap, swipe, and click on our phones 2,617 times per day (King Online University).

2. The average smartphone owner unlocks their phone 150 times a day (Internet Trends). 

3. We use a gadget 10 hours and 39 minutes on average each day (Penn State).

4. 73% of us have experienced anxiety over losing our phones (Harvard).

5. We send or receive 94 texts per day on average (Text Request).

6. 25% of adults wake up to use our phones at night (Wharton).

7. We're using our phones 20% more often than we did in 2015 (King Online University).

8. 33% of teens bring their phone to bed at night (Wharton).

9. 60% of college students say they are addicted to their phones (Baylor).

10. 75% of Americans use their mobile phones on the toilet (Tech Jury). 

11. 59% of teens reported moderate exposure to online bullying (Psychology Today). 

12. 94% of all Americans now have cell phones (Mobile Coach). 

13. 85% of smartphone users check their phones while speaking with friends and family (Bank My Cell). 
14. 87% of Millennials say their smartphone never leaves their side (Zogby).

Published on: Nov 19, 2019
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