2022 Cell Phone Usage Statistics: How Obsessed Are We?

On average, Americans check their phones 344 times per day

Trevor Wheelwright
TV, Streaming, & Internet Expert
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January 24, 2022
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In the US, up to 47% of us would say we’re “addicted” to our cell phones—it’s no wonder with a dazzling array of unlimited data plans and new smartphones every year.

We surveyed Americans 18 and older about their phone habits and behaviors. And like Narcissus staring into an endless pool of reflection, most of us can’t live without our cellphones in sight for very long—if at all.

2022 Cell Phone Usage Statistics | Reviews.org
  • 74% of Americans feel uneasy leaving their phone at home.
  • 71% of Americans say they check their phones within the first 10 minutes of waking up.
  • 53% say that they have never gone longer than 24 hours without their cell phone.
  • 47% consider themselves “addicted” to their phones
  • 35% use or look at their phone while driving.
  • 70% of Americans check their phones within five minutes of receiving a notification.
  • 64% use their phone on the toilet.
  • 61% have texted someone in the same room as them before.
  • 48% of people say they feel a sense of panic or anxiety when their cell phone battery goes below 20%.
  • 45% say that their phone is their most valuable possession.
  • 43% use or look at their phone while on a date.
How often are we using our phones?

On average, Americans check their phones 344 times per day. (That’s once every 4 minutes!)

Our cell phones are our constant companions. As many as 71% of us check our phones within 10 minutes of waking up. And 74% of us can’t leave our cell phones at home without feeling uneasy. Nor can we imagine our little companions dying—48% of people say they feel a sense of panic or anxiety when their cell phone battery goes below 20%.

Even while driving, 35% of Americans use or look at their cell phones. On romantic dates, 43% of us are more wrapped up in our phones than our partner’s company.

And when we say “I couldn’t be without our cell phones for five minutes,” most of us mean it—70% of Americans check their phones within five minutes of receiving a notification.

On average, we check our phones every four minutes.

Over half of Americans have never gone longer than 24 hours without their cell phones.

We’re so reliant on our phones that 61% of us have texted someone in the same room as us. And, lest we sit enthroned without our cell phone scepters, 64% of us use our phones on the toilet too.

It’s no surprise that 45% of Americans say that their phone is the most valuable possession. What is surprising is how far our obsessions with cell phones go:

  • Over one-third of Americans (36%) say they’d give up their pets to keep their cell phone.
  • 53% say that in a house fire or other disaster, their cell phone would be the number one possession they’d try to save
  • 26% say they’ve endangered themselves to avoid losing or damaging their cell phone

Now, we’re not saying you should stop endlessly scrolling, but we’d like you to keep yourself (and your animal friends) safe—you can always replace your cell phone!

How much time will Americans spend on their phones in 2022?

All those quick little social media check-ins, along with the rabbit holes of funny memes and videos, mean Americans spend an average of 2 hours and 54 minutes on their phones each day. The average American will spend nearly a month and a half (44 days) on their phones in 2022!

2022 Screen Time Statistics | Reviews.org
  • On average, Americans spend 2 hours, 54 minutes on their phones each day.
  • The average American will spend nearly a month and a half (44 days) on their phones in 2022.

Conclusion

On average, Americans spend nearly three hours of every day on their phones, but some of us have taken our cell phone love too far. While some of us are a little distracted, others are willing to risk life and limb to keep up with our texting and scrolling lifestyles.

We’re not here to judge (some of us are right there with you)—but still, it might be a good time to make sure if you’re going to use your phone, you like using it.

Check out our mobile reviews to get what you need:

Methodology

Reviews.org surveyed 1,000 Americans 18 years and older with a +/- 4% margin of error and a confidence level of 95%. The survey results were weighted to reflect characteristics of the United States population using available data from the US census.

Respondents were asked to refer to their phone’s screen time report to determine the average number of times per day they check their phones, in addition to how much time in total they spend on their phones per day.

Source:
Reviews.org Proprietary Survey conducted December 2021.

Has our obsession with cell phones grown since 2021?

This year, Americans check their phones 344 times per day. And last year, it felt staggering to say it was 262 times per day—that’s a 31% increase.

Our cell phone habit seems to be growing by the minute. We used to check our phones every 5.5 minutes on average, but now we’re down to just 4 minutes before our codependency kicks in. Oof.

To compare the rest of the stats, jump to our 2021 report below!

2021 Cell Phone Statistics

Do you feel the hypnotic glow of your cell phone pulling you in every time you receive a notification? Do you feel uneasy when your mobile screen stays dark, so you just have to check to make sure you didn’t miss anything?

You’re not alone. On average, Americans checked their phones 262 times per day in 2021—that’s once every 5.5 minutes!

In the land of unlimited data plans and stupefying smartphones, we surveyed Americans 18 and older about their phone-related behaviors to see how far we’ve fallen into our screens.

How do your cell phone habits stack up against the rest of the US?

Most Americans spend their mornings, days, and nights with cell phones

Graphic including statistics about phone usage and addiction.

From the moment they wake up to the time they go to sleep, Americans stay glued to their phones. They’ll even resort to texting someone in the same room instead of talking to them.

  • 83% of Americans use their phone as an alarm clock.
  • 80% of Americans say they check their phones within the first 10 minutes of waking up.
  • 62% say they sleep with their phone at night.
  • Americans spend an average of 50 minutes on their phones before bed.
  • 67% say they have texted someone in the same room as them before.

Nearly half of Americans consider themselves addicted to cell phones

  • 43% say that their phone is their most valuable possession.
  • 83% of Americans feel uneasy leaving their phone at home.
  • 54% of people say they panic when their cell phone battery goes below 20%.
  • 41% of Americans say they experience stress or anxiety less than 30 minutes after misplacing their phone.
  • 52% say that they have never gone longer than 24 hours without their cell phone.
  • 46% say that having another person use their phone causes them anxiety or stress.

Despite dangerous driving or deflated dates, most people can’t stand to set aside their handheld communication companions for more than a moment

  • 40% use or look at their phone while driving.
  • 47% use or look at their phone while on a date.
  • 70% use their phone on the toilet

But are cell phones really that great? In our survey, 41% of respondents say they’d rather give up sex for a year rather than give up their phone for a year. And 46% say they spend more time on their cell phone than with their significant other.

They say where you spend your time is where you spend your love, so what does that say about us?

Most Americans spend their mornings, days, and nights with cell phones

Americans Spend 3 Hours 19 Minutes on Phones Each Day

We like to think of our cell phones as communication devices that help us chat and connect with the world. However, most people spend most of their time scrolling social media, playing games, or using other apps. Phone calls and texting only accounted for just over a half-hour of our daily cell phone activity.

Will we break out of our endless cell phone cycles? Probably not

  • 31% say that they feel it’s important to have the latest model of a cell phone
  • 47% have upgraded their phone within the last year.
  • 23% say they’ve gone into debt purchasing a cell phone.
  • 25% of Americans say they’d wait in line for longer than an hour to purchase a new phone.

Although it’s hard to say how or when humans can strike a balance between their screen time and their offline time, it doesn’t look like we’re fighting off our cell phone cravings any time soon.

2021 Methodology

Reviews.org surveyed 1,000 Americans aged 18 and older to determine their sentiments toward cell phone usage.

We also asked respondents to refer to their phone’s screen time report to determine the average number of times per day they check their phones and how much time in total they spend on their phones per day.

Trevor Wheelwright
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Trevor Wheelwright
Trevor’s written about YMYL (your money, your life) topics for over six years across editorial publications and retail/eCommerce sites. His work’s been featured on Forbes, RealSimple, USA Today, MSN, BusinessInsider, Entrepreneur, PCMag, and CNN. When he’s not researching and writing, you can find him around Salt Lake City, Utah, snapping photos of mountains and architecture or seeking out some good tunes and friendly faces.

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