Are you addicted to your phone? Just how far does the addiction go?

by: Andrew GrushJuly 1, 2014

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During Google I/O 2014 Sundar Pichai revealed some interesting stats about us Android users, namely that Android phone users take a combined 93 million selfies a day, and that they pull out their phone 100 billion times a day. Looking at things from a more individual’ approach, the average user is said to check their phone as much as a 100 times a day.

Bottom-line, we’re addicted to our phones. There’s even a recent survey conducted by Motorola Mobility and B2X Care Solutions that further highlight just how addicted we are. Polling more than 500 U.S.-based smartphone and tablet users, it was determined that 74% keep their phones within reach throughout the entire day and that 60% even sleep with there phone. Not surprising, it is said that the number increases to 84% for the 18-29 year old demographic. While some of these folks at least turn off the sound while they sleep, 53% of those polled kept sound on.

As for what we’re doing with our phones? The poll says 86% of Americans use their phone primarily for test messaging and that 20% of people aged 16-20 spend more than five hours a day on their phone. Obviously the survey is limited in scope due to only polling around 500 U.S. users, but it still gives us a pretty solid idea of how we are using our phones and how often.

Now it’s your turn to weigh in. Can you live without your phone, or is it constantly attached to your hip? How far would you go to keep yourself connected to the mobile world?

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So how addicted are you, do you like to shut off your phone every once in a while and take a fresh breath of air or does the idea of no cellular or WiFi access make you extremely anxious? Tell us about your addiction in the comments!

  • Guest

    I fell in love with my brand new OnePlus One…can’t stop playing with awesome!

  • I fell in love with my brand new OnePlus One…can’t stop playing with awesome!!!

    • Jonathan TAM

      How the hell did you get an invite. And that photo seems like its from a website called

      • Elliot Derhay

        Guess he doesn’t Photoshop that often…lol

      • Person

        looks can be deceiving …

      • Roman Vasilev

        You can buy chinese version without invitation, difference between em too small

  • chrone

    Lost ma phones 3 times. So it’s always on just for android device manager sake. :D

  • V-Phuc

    Sick! Get a life, would you? And I mean, besides checking your phone every 5 secondes! Sick!

  • MasterMuffin

    Who the f uses their phone during sex o.O

    • K

      Recording the action obviously!

      • Patrick C. James

        True stories.

      • Jayfeather787

        Bragging rights. You need proof. :p

      • Scott Ricketts

        Pics or it didn’t happen!

        • TheNuts

          Careful what you wish for…

    • TDioWS

      You shouldn’t ask what you aren’t ready to know ( ಠ◡ಠ )


      • MasterMuffin

        I’m ready ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    • Alex Magaña

      After it.

    • Johnnie ‘Walker’ Katsoukis

      What is sex??

      • MasterMuffin

        It’s when a man and a woman or a man and a man or a woman and a woman or a big mix of those or a man and an animal or… Too much interwebz today!

        • Jayfeather787

          HAHA!! I believe intercourse between humans and not humans is frowned upon.

          • MasterMuffin

            But it does happen o.O

          • Jayfeather787

            Then somewhere in that process, use of a phone in involved. Crap. Now I thought about it. My mind is scarred.

          • MasterMuffin

            Boku no pico. An anime series you should definitely watch now that you possibly can’t get more traumatized

      • Jonathan TAM

        Much sarcasm.

  • Paco Inurreta

    I dont really use my S4, when I use it its mostly cause Im installing and testing a new app. I sometimes put it besides my bed but just for the wake up alarm and thats also why I check my phone inmediately after waking up, to mute it even thought I chose the new aler option.

  • GeoB

    Spellcheck anyone? There phone instead of their phone, and test messaging instead of text messaging :/

    • Mark Mann

      In order for spell check to have picked those up they’d have to have misspelled them, I believe you meant grammar check

  • JohnBRobinson

    I sometimes put it besides my bed but just for the wake up alarm and thats also why I check my phone inmediately after waking up, to mute it even thought I chose the new aler option.

  • Madame Bowser

    I do, to text or browse if he isn’t pleasuring me enough

  • Klaazz

    Well, there is no need to check a Galaxy Ace (the original one). Even if you try.

  • Eric Welling

    I even admit my phone is more important than my partner, so I guess you could say I’m somewhat addicted

  • Dev Mav

    Smartphone addiction is the reason I made this “Focus Out” Distractions App. you can block any app while you are working or dont want to be disturbed with “Focus out”. (Disclaimer: I am the developer, would love your feedback):

    • Jonathan TAM

      Hey. I’m also making apps but for iOS. any suggestions on what to include and do?

      • Dev Mav

        Hi Jonathan – What app are you making for iOS?

  • SContrerasMer

    My phone’s Camera is better than my Point and shoot , so if i want to make a Sex Tape….

  • Peerpressure

    The bathroom is the best place to use your phone. Just to watch a movie or TV show.

    • Jonathan TAM

      XD I always play clash of clans in the bathroom.

    • Tomi Gjeka

      The best place to break records xD

  • DIYEyal

    I’m addicted to my phone.. Although I never used it in a church (never been in one..), never used it in the bathroom (too scared to drop it in the toilet).. and according to the battery thing in the settings my phone’s screen on time today was about 7 hours (more than my avarage, but I didn’t bring my laptop with me today)

  • Badouken

    I use it a decent amount but I’m not addicted, I just feel like if your gonna pay for something this expensive (service and the the phone itself). You might as well use it… Otherwise it just seems like a waste of money to me…

    • indio7777

      Denial is a stage…just saying. :)

  • dontpanicbobby

    I do a lot of e-book reading on my phone and stream at least an hour of PBS video just about every day. Reading takes up most of the 4-5 hours I’m on the phone everyday.

  • George

    I’m addicted I’d say.
    Mostly using my phone for browsing when outside and listening to music paired with my FiiO E07K and my Soundmagic E10’S. :3

  • Zachary Vincent Manning

    Phones pretty much are becoming laptop replacements, so #Addictedandidon’tcare <3