We all know our phones are important to us.
They help us stay connected to the people and information we need, whether we're at home or on the go. But there's a lot about our phones that we don't know. Here are six things you probably didn't know about your phone.
Think about how often you check your phone in a day. Once an hour? Every half an hour? Try every 12 minutes. That’s right, the average person checks their phone 83 times per day, according to a study by Deloitte. And it’s not just millennials who are addicted to their phones – the study found that people of all ages are checking their phones more frequently than ever before.
We are constantly checking our phones for new notifications, even when we don't want to. Checking our phones has become a reflexive action, something we do without thinking about it. This constant checking can be detrimental to our mental and physical health. It can lead to feelings of anxiety and insecurity, and can even cause physical pain. Checking our phones so often can also interfere with our ability to concentrate and focus on other tasks.
On a positive note, however, checking our phones can be useful when we want to verify unidentified numbers trying to contact us. If an unfamiliar number that’s not found in your phonebook tries to call you, your immediate reaction would be to check this phone number and know who’s calling you. Verifying the identity of unknown callers, texters, or email senders is a good security practice.
Still, this does not give us an excuse to check out phones so many times in a day. If you're someone who checks their phone frequently, try to be more mindful of it and break the habit if possible!
It’s no surprise, then, that we’re spending a significant amount of time on our phones every day. In fact, the average person spends 3 hours and 15 minutes on their phone each day, according to a report from eMarketer. That’s more time than we spend eating or drinking, and just 45 minutes less than the amount of time we spend sleeping. If you come to think about it, that's a lot of time spent staring at a tiny screen! And it's not just adults who are glued to their phones - even kids are spending more and more time on them.
But what do we really know about our phones? Sure, we know how to use the basic functions, but there's a lot more to these devices than meets the eye. Here are things you probably didn't know about how much time you spend using your phone:
The average person unlocks their phone 110 times per day. That's a lot of unnecessary strain on your finger!
We're not the only ones addicted to our phones - even kids are spending more and more time on them. In fact, the average child spends 1 hour and 40 minutes on their phone every day.
You're not alone if you sleep with your phone within arm's reach. In fact, a study found that 90% of people keep their phones close by while they sleep. There are a few reasons why we do this. First, we're afraid of missing important calls or notifications. Second, our phones have become a part of our daily routine and we use them for everything from setting alarms to checking the weather. And third, having our phones close by gives us a sense of security.
But sleeping with your phone next to you isn't always a good idea. For one, the blue light emitted from your phone can disrupt your sleep cycle. Plus, if you're using your phone in bed, you're more likely to experience neck and back pain. And if your phone is within reach, you're also more likely to be tempted to use it late at night, which can lead to sleep deprivation.
So what's the best way to keep your phone close by without sacrificing your sleep? If you must have your phone next to you, consider investing in a dock or stand that will prop it up so you're not looking down at it all night. And be sure to charge it outside of your bedroom to avoid any temptation to use it before bed.
We've become so reliant on our phones that it's no surprise that many of us would feel lost without them. In fact, a recent study found that 1 in 3 people would feel "panicked" if they lost their phone. While this may seem like an overreaction, it's actually not surprising when you consider all the things our phones do for us on a daily basis. From keeping us connected to our loved ones to helping us stay organized and productive, our phones have become an essential part of our lives.
While it's important to keep your phone safe and sound, don't forget to enjoy the moment and live in the present! After all, your phone will still be there when you're done enjoying your time offline.
The IBM Simon was the very first smartphone! It wasn't until 1997 that the term "smartphone" was actually coined, but this innovative little device paved the way for the smartphones we know and love today.
Fast forward ten years after coining the term “smartphone”: The first iPhone was released in 2007, and it revolutionized technology trends and the way we use our phones. The iPhone was the first smartphone to use a multi-touch interface, and it introduced features that we now take for granted, like apps and mobile web browsing. Since then, Apple has released 11 generations of the iPhone, with the most recent one being the iPhone 13 series and the iPhone 14 series scheduled to be released this year.
The iPhone is the most popular smartphone in the world, and it’s used by more than 1.2 billion people worldwide. In fact, iPhones make up 35% of all smartphones in use today. And it’s not just the iPhone that’s popular – Apple’s other products, like the iPad and the iPod touch, are also widely used around the world.
So there you have it, six things you probably didn't know about your phone. Some things point out that we all rely on our phones more than we'd like to admit, but these don’t mean there’s nothing we can do to reduce our dependence on them. Now that you know a little more about your phone, go out, operate it responsibly, and enjoy using it!