The number of times we touch our phones a day is an alarmingly large one, according to a recent study by the research firm Dscout. By developing a tool that tracked the study’s participants mobile device use over the course of a five day period, researchers found that the average person touches their phone 2,617 times a day.
And, while touching one’s phone almost 3000 times a day may seem like a lot, it pales in comparison to how often extreme users interact with their devices. According to the study, the top 10% of the most active users touch their phones over 5,400 times a day.
The tracking app developed by the Chicago-based firm also found that the average user spends approximately 2.42 hours a day touching their phone. And, though our reliance on our mobile devices continues to increase, Dscout CEO Michael Winnick believes that as our methods of interaction change—with augmented reality, voice control, and VR on the rise—so to will the amount we use our devices.
“I don't think we are close to reaching 'peak digital,'" Winnick told The Daily Mail. “If we were betting on it, we'd say the amount of time we are spending through digitally mediated products won't go down. We just might not be using our fingers as much.”
For a humorous take on smart phone addiction read The Life of Jim and The Cell Phone and tell us if you think you use your mobile device too much.