Smartphone Addiction Statistics 2024 (Latest Data)

Phones are dominating our daily routines, and their impact globally is undeniable. Smartphone addiction statistics give us eye-opening insights into how we’ve made them an integral part of our lives. 

Smartphone addiction is most prominent among teenagers and adults younger than 25. GenX and Boomers, too, are not far behind when it comes to smartphone addiction problems.

This statistical post will highlight the increased digital dependency and its profound impact on our well-being.

Smartphone Addiction Statistics 2024 (Top Picks)

  • 57% of Americans say they are addicted to their phones.
  • Americans check their phone an average of 144 times a day.
  • 88.60% of Americans said they checked their phones within the first 10 minutes of waking up.
  • An average person globally checks their phone 58 times a day.
  • 53% of Americans claim they have never gone without their phone for over 24 hours.

General Smartphone Addiction Stats

People prefer to eat, drink, and sleep with their phones. Some even carry their phones to the washroom, displaying extreme addiction to the technology.

57% Of Americans Say That They Are Addicted To Their Phones

57% Of Americans Say That They Are Addicted To Their Phones

Many of us spend too much time searching and looking at the smartphone screen. But the actual numbers of smartphone additions are Alarming. 

88.60% of Americans admitted that they checked their phones within the first 10 minutes of waking up, while 75.30% admitted that they used their phone even in the toilet. 

Meanwhile, 47% of the people reported that they felt a sense of panic or anxiety if their battery level went below 20%.

Source: Reviews.org,  CBS news

71% Of Americans Sleep With Or Next To Their Smartphones

A survey of 1000 Americans conducted by Bank of America revealed that over 7 in 10 Americans cannot fall asleep without their mobile on their side. 

55% of them accepted that they slept with their phone on the nightstand, while 13% slept with it on their bed. On the other hand, 3% said that they sleep with their phones in hand as they cannot resist physical contact. 

Further, 23% of people admitted that they have fallen asleep at least once with their smartphones in their hands. This number jumps to 44% when speaking about the people in the age group of 18 to 24 years. 

Source: CNET, Bank of America

Americans Check Their Phone An Average Of 144 Times A Day

Americans Check Phones 144 Times A Day

That is a 58% decrease since January 2022. 

Screen time is up by 30% compared to 2022. Americans spend 4 hours and 25 minutes a day on their phones compared to 2 hours and 54 minutes spent in 2022.

Many respondents to the survey said that they have their phones all the time.

Source: PCmag, reviews.org.

One In Three Americans Can’t Eat A Meal Without Being On Their Phone

According to a study by Nutrisystem, out of 200 people surveyed, 29% said they are on their phones during meals.

Further, 35% of adults aged 18 to 25 need to have their phone for every meal that they have. 

Source: Los Angeles Times, Nutrisystem

Smartphone Addiction Stats In Different Regions

Smartphone addiction has increased worldwide. However, the residents of the Philippines and Thailand have the highest daily smartphone usage. 

Meanwhile, the figures highlight that the smartphone addiction rate is the highest in Asian countries. 

Filipinos Spend 5 Hours And 31 Minutes On Their Smartphones 

This is the highest time spent by any country on their mobile phones. 7 other countries have more than 5 hours of average screen time on their mobile phones.

The top 10 countries with the highest smartphone usage are mostly from Asia and North America, while just two countries from the top 10 list are from Africa. 

The worldwide average time spent by people on smartphones is 3 hours and 43 minutes.

Only one European country (Turkey) exceeds this worldwide average with an average smartphone usage time of 4 hours and 16 mins, highlighting that Europeans are comparatively less addicted to smartphones.

Here is a list of the top 10 countries with the highest smartphone usage:

Country Daily Smartphone Usage 
Philippines5 hours and 47 mins
Thailand5 hours and 28 mins
Brazil5 hours and 25 mins
Colombia5 hours and 9 mins
South Africa5 hours and 9 mins
Argentina5 hours and 4 mins
Nigeria5 hours and 4 mins
Indonesia4 hours and 56 mins
Malaysia4 hours and 49 mins
Mexico4 hours and 37 mins

Source: Data Reportal

China Has The Highest Smartphone Addiction Rate

China gains a score of 36.16 for problematic smartphone usage. China also has the highest number of smartphone users globally, almost 1.5 times more than any other country.

However, to control these alarming rates, China has introduced new regulations to reduce the internet addiction of the youth

The regulations state that teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18 in China will be allotted a maximum of two hours of smartphone usage daily, and those under 16 will be subject to a one-hour limit. The government has received diversified responses to this initiative.

Problematic Smartphone Use Score

Here is a list of countries which have the highest smartphone addiction rates worldwide:

RankCountryProblematic smartphone use score. 
1China36.18
2Saudi Arabia 35.73
3Malaysia35.43
4Brazil32
5South Korea31.62
6Iran31.52
7Canada31.11
8Turkey30.92
9Egypt29.54
10Nepal29.41

Note: This score can range from 10 to 60.

Source: Daily Mail

Smartphone Addiction Pre and Post-Covid

The COVID-19 pandemic indeed acted as a catalyst in smartphone addiction worldwide. The global smartphone addiction rates have spiked between 2018 and 2022.

60% Of The Global Smartphone Users Believe They Use Smartphones Excessively Post Covid

Nearly two-thirds of smartphone users in the age group of 18 to 24 year olds worldwide felt they were using smartphones too much. 

Now, nearly 60% of smartphone users worldwide feel they use their smartphones too much post-COVID.

Source: Deloitte. 

Smartphone Addiction In Different Generations

GenZ grew up with the technology and hence is highly dependent on it for reminders, daily tasks, and even studies. Meanwhile, GenX and Boomers prefer to use mobile devices for the latest updates, news, weather, and entertainment.

GenZ Has The Highest Smartphone Addiction Rate, With A Daily Phone Usage Of 6 Hours And 37 Minutes 

The screen time of GenZ is double that of Boomers. Boomers spend just 3.3 hours on their smartphones daily.

However, GenZ will most likely take active steps to reduce screen time. 41% of the GenZ are working to reduce screen time, while 31% of the Boomers are working on the same.

When asked about their screen times, Half of the boomers said they are using their smartphones more than they would like. Comparatively, over three-fourths of the GenZ said the same. 

Different Generations Spend Hours On Their Smartphones

Here are further details about the number of hours spent by different generations on their Smartphones.

  • GenZ: 6 hours 37 minutes
  • Millennials: 5 hours 57 minutes
  • GenX: 4 hours 44 minutes
  • Boomers: 3 hours 38 minutes

Source: IQmetrix

34% Of People Under 50 Years Are More Likely To Use Smartphones Compared To The Ones 65 Years And Older 

85% of adults in the United States use smartphones, and most of these users are under 50 years old. They are more likely to be addicted to Smartphone Usage. 

The following table includes the percentage of smartphone users in different age groups:

Age groupPercentage of Smartphone users. 
Under 50 years95%
Between 50 to 64 years84%
Above 65 years61%

Source: IQmetrix. 

Smartphone Addiction In Kids

With the early exposure to smartphones and other technology, the majority of kids today are addicted to smartphones. They need their smartphones while eating, sleeping, and more. 

This section reviews the latest figures about smartphone addiction in children. 

50% Of Kids In The United States Aged 13 To 18 Said That They Are Addicted To Smartphones

Children aged between 13 and 18, mainly belonging to Gen Alpha, have the highest rate of smartphone addiction. Teenagers in this age group fall under Generation Alpha. 

 Since they were introduced to technology at an early age and grew up with it, they spend a lot of time on smartphones. 

Source: Study Country. 

Kids Spend An Average Of Nine Hours A Day On Their Smartphones

Nearly one in three kids worldwide are addicted to their Smartphones. Meanwhile, 66% of kids say they feel “anxious” when they do not have their smartphones around. 

Further, 34% of the kids said that they use smartphones excessively. 

The report further adds that almost half of the kids and teenagers constantly check their smartphones. 

Source: Cross River Therepay. 

Dangers Of Smartphone Addiction

Smartphone addiction is not just dangerous for oneself but also for people around. Have a look at these stats about the dangers of smartphone addiction.

Every 1 Out Of 4 Car Accidents In The United States Is Caused Due To Texting And Driving

1 In 4 US Car Accidents Caused By Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than drinking and driving. Answering a text while driving takes away attention for around four seconds and causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road. 

The National Safety Council reports that usage of smartphones while driving causes 1.6 million crashes annually, leading to nearly 390,000 injuries. 

Source: Edgar Snyder & Associates, National Safety Council

64.2% Of Bedtime Smartphone Users Have Poor Sleep Quality

Comparatively, just 31.7% of the other smartphone users had poor sleep quality. 

Bedtime smartphone users display a high percentage of poor sleep quality and a higher prevalence of increased sleep latency due to the blue light emitted by the screens, suppressing melatonin production and making it difficult to sleep. 

Source: Springer Link

12% Of Smartphone Users Have Interrupted Intimacy To Check Their Phone

Smartphone addiction can affect all aspects of life, including intimacy and romance. Around one in eight smartphone users said that they have interrupted their intimate moments to check their phones. 

Meanwhile, 71% of the people admitted that they spent more of their personal time on the phone than their partner. 

However, most of the couples have addressed this problem, and 18% have created no-phone zones. 

Source: Sell Cell. 

Multitasking Between Using A Phone And Work Can Decrease Productivity By 40%

30% of Americans admitted they would be more productive without their smartphones. Smartphones distract people while they work. This kills time as well as productivity. 

However, people have started using productivity apps like Forest and others to ensure high productivity while working. 

Source: Recovery Center of Niagara, YouGov. 

How Time Is Spent On Smartphones

Some of the major activities that people use smartphones for are entertainment, social media, games, messaging, and more. 

Almost Three-Fourths Of Smartphone Users Prefer Using Their Phones To Chat Or Send Messages

Today, most people use their phones for socializing and managing their finances. Even though smartphones can be a very useful tool, but using it excessively may harm people. 

Some of the most common uses of smartphones are socializing, entertainment, online shopping, banking, and more. 

The following table provides details about the top activities for which people use smartphones. 

ActivitiesPercentage of smartphone users
Chatting or sending messages74.7%
E-mailing70.95%
Online banking62.9%
Listening to music61.7%
Watching videos61.1%
Searching for products56.7%
Buying products56.6%
Uploading videos or photos54.55%
Reading news pages52.3%
Making internet calls47.45%
Using online map/navigation services46.7%
Watching movies/series44.85%

Source: Statista

Over 81% Of People below 50 Use Smartphones To Scroll on Social Media

Scrolling through social media is the most done activity on smartphones. Over 8 in 10 people spend the majority of their smartphone usage time on social media.

Global smartphone users spend an average of 2 hours and 24 minutes daily on social media platforms. Meanwhile, Americans spend 2 hours and 14 minutes daily on Social media platforms, 10 minutes less per day than the worldwide average. 

Source: Exploding Topics

US Children Spend 190  Minutes Playing Roblox Weekly On Their Smartphones

Roblox is the most popular game among children aged 18 and younger in the United States, and they spend the most time on their smartphones. 

Meanwhile, other popular games that take up most of the smartphone time of children in the US are Among US, Minecraft, and more

Here are further details about the weekly time spent by US children playing different games on smartphones. 

  • Roblox: 190 minutes
  • Among US: 74 minutes
  • Minecraft: 49 minutes
  • Clash Royale: 35 minutes
  • Clash of Clans: 19 minutes

Source: Statista

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