A study conducted in by several colleges has concluded that the average student spends almost 10 hours a day using their smartphone, naming some ‘smartphone addicts’.
The study, which was conducted by both Baylor and Xavier University as well as receiving support from a Catalunya based institution looked at the smartphone usage of over 150 undergraduate students.
Participants filled out an online survey to determine the amount of time spent on smartphones and what they were doing on the phone during these hours, and came up with some shocking results.
On average, students spent 527 minutes throughout their day using their smartphone in some way, that means that just under 9 hours a day on their smartphone.
There was also a stark difference between male and female participants, with female students using their phones for 150 minutes more than male students on average.
The main smartphone tasks being undertaken were sending texts and emails, browsing Facebook, surfing the web, playing games, taking pictures and listening to music.
It was found that women spend more time texting than men, whilst games were played more by male students.
The study also asked participants questions related to their thoughts about smartphones to determine whether they were classified as ‘smartphone addicts’.
The study has students rate their answers to the following statements between 1 (strongly disagree) and 7 (Strongly Agree):
Participants who scored highly in this area of the study were considered smartphone addicts, a term which is defined as ‘the drive or compulsion to use a mobile phone, despite its negative impact on one’s wellbeing’.
Researchers concluded that smartphone addiction is driven by a desire to connect socially with peers, whether it be through social media sites, texts, or some other form of communication.
Some have criticised the study however, claiming that its sample group was too small, whilst others claim that it can’t be used to make assumptions on the general population due to all participants being students.
Also, as participants were required to admit the amount of time spent on their phones, it could be argued that the results of the report could vary massively from the actual amount of time spent by participants on their handheld devices.
Even still, the report does show a growth in smartphone usage, especially since the conception of apps like Snapchat and Vine, both of which have grown in popularity over recent years.
Written by Luke Hatfield