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Average American Spends an Hour a Day of Quality Time With Their Smartphone

There’s no question that we spend a lot of time staring at our phones, but just how much?

time spent with smartphones

Well, on average, it’s about an hour, according to a new study from Experian.

Interestingly, nearly half that time is spent talking and texting, with email, social networking and Web browsing each outpacing playing games. Watching video, meanwhile, accounted for only 1 percent of total time spent on smartphones. (That’s a bit skewed, as 98 percent of people surveyed didn’t watch video at all, meaning that those who did watch video spent considerably more time doing so.)

Also, not all smartphones are used equally. The study found that iPhone owners spend considerably more time using their phones — about an hour and 15 minutes, compared with 49 minutes for the typical Android phone owner.

They also split that time somewhat differently, with Android phone users spending more time talking and Web surfing, and iPhone owners doing more texting, emailing and taking pictures.

iPhone vs Android time spent


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik