A survey conducted in the US by Solitaired found that almost 80% of the 667 participating iPhone users significantly underestimated their smartphone usage time compared to the actual result.
The average guess was 25 hours and 54 minutes per week, while the actual average was 39 hours and 54 minutes. The vast majority of participants not only failed to guess how often they used their iPhone during a typical week, but their answer was 56% less than actual usage time.
40 hours is almost a quarter of the time in a week, that’s also 87 days a year. Interestingly, 52% of respondents were unable to determine which applications they use most often. The survey also showed that Americans use social media apps more than apps from any other category, with TikTok dominating. With 85 million users in the US alone, Americans use TikTok an average of 1.6 hours a day, with 90% of users opening the app at least once a day. With almost a quarter of the nation’s population viewing the TikTok app daily, the combined app watch time in the states is 136 hours per day.
53% of respondents admitted to trying to cut down on their phone use for various reasons. 31% said they were motivated to use their phone less because of a negative comment made by a friend or relative. 36% said phone use was a problem during a previous relationship. 83% of Americans surveyed panic when they realize they forgot their phone at home.
Since 2018, when Apple added Screen Time to iOS, iPhone users have been able to track weekly phone usage. Solitaired notes that when used in moderation, phones are powerful and useful tools that make everyday life easier and keep us connected to the world.