A recent study by mobilestatistics.com indicated that the average person will spend 90 minutes of their day using a mobile device. That’s is about 23 days a year spent staring down at a mobile screen, which would add up to 3.9 years of the average persons life. As of January 2014, about 90% of American adults own a cellphone.

About 7% of adults that own a smartphone say that they are smartphone dependent and use their smartphone for access to the internet. It is to no one’s surprise that many people carry a mobile phone with them everywhere they go as mobile phones can now replace everyday household items such as flashlights, watches, and more.

cellphonelaptopAlthough it may be called a phone, using the mobile phone to call people is the only the sixth most used function. There are over 800,000 applications for Apple and Android phones. Many of these applications can become daily uses, such as checking what time is it or using the mobile device as an alarm clock.

67% of cell phone owners say that they find themselves constantly checking their mobile phones for messages, alerts, or calls even when they did not hear their phone ringing or vibrating. 44% of cell phone users say that they sleep with a mobile device. 29% of cell phone owners say that their cell phone is “something they cannot live without.”

With all the possibilities that a mobile device can offer in our time, it is easy to think that people could get addicted to a mobile device. Mobile device use may have increased tremendously in the past few years but does this mean it is an addiction or just a way to be more efficient for daily activities?