Cell phones are simply a part of life – and it seems like they become a bigger part of our lives with each passing year. If you are curious about how people use their cell phones and smartphones, here are 40 intriguing facts and figures, broken down into categories.
Device Usage Statistics
1. 85% of Americans Check Their Phone When Speaking with Family Members or Friends
While some would consider it rude to check a phone while talking to someone, the vast majority will do it. Overall, around 85% of phone users take a look at their device when conversing with family or friends.
2. 44% of Americans Check Their Phone Will Crossing the Street
While looking at a device while walking into a road isn’t considered safe, about 44% of Americans who own a device check their phone while crossing the street.
3. The Average Smartphone User Checks Their Device 47 Times a Day
On average, smartphone users check their device 47 times ever day. If you spend 16 hours awake, that equates to almost one check every 20 minutes.
[Source: Journal of Accountancy]
4. Smartphone Users Age 18 to 24 Check Their Device Around 86 Times Per Day
While the average user looks 47 times a day, the 18 to 24 year old crowd checks their smartphone much more often. On average, that demographic takes a look 86 times per day, or – based on being awake 16 hours per day – about once every 11 minutes.
[Source: Journal of Accountancy]
5. 32% of Mobile Phone Users Check Their Device Immediately Upon Waking
For 32% of mobile phone users, the first thing they do each day when they wake up is check their device. Another 18% check it within 3 minutes, while a further 16 percent take a look within 5 minutes.
6. iPhone Users Unlock Their Device 80 Times Per Day
On average, an iPhone is unlocked a total of 80 times every day. If a person is awake for 16 hours per day, that works out to about one unlock every 12 minutes.
[Source: Business Insider]
7. 89% of iPhone Users Opt for Touch ID
Of those with capable iPhone devices, 89% of users choose to use Touch ID over other options, such as entering a passcode.
[Source: ABC News]
Smartphone App Usage Statistics
8. Smartphone Users Spend an Average of 4.2 Hours Per Day Using Apps
On average, mobile device users spend a little more than 25% of their waking hours using smartphone apps, clocking in about 4.2 hours of use each day. That’s a 30% increase in just two years.
[Source: Tech Crunch]
9. Users Completed 204 Billion App Downloads in One Year
In 2019, the approximate total of all worldwide app downloads came in at 204 billion. That was a 6% increase over the year prior.
[Source: Tech Crunch]
10. 89.5% of U.S. Smartphone Users Use Social Media Apps
When it comes to penetration, social media apps are the leaders in the United States, with 89.5% of smartphone users spending time in at least one of them. Not far behind is chat and messenger apps, coming in at 81.5%. Entertainment and video was third with 71.8%.
11. With 850 Million Downloads Worldwide, TikTok was the Most Downloaded App of 2020
TikTok reached new heights of popularity in 2020. Overall, it was downloaded about 850 million times in 2020 alone, making it the most downloaded app in the world.
12. In 2020, the Average iPhone User Spent $70+ on Mobile Games
Whether through app purchases or in-game microtransactions, on average, iPhone users spent over $70 on mobile games during 2020. That’s up from an average of $54 in 2019.
[Source: Screen Rant]
Smartphone Addiction Statistics
13. Half of Teens Say They Are Addicted to Their Smartphone
While not officially diagnosed by a medical professional, 50% of teens state that they “feel addicted” to their smartphone.
14. More Than Two-Thirds of Adults Are Irrationally Afraid of Losing Their Phone
68% of adult mobile device users are irrationally fearful of losing their phone, something that can be a sign of cell phone addiction.
15. Over Half of Mobile Device Users Worldwide Feel Anxious If Their Phone Isn’t Nearby
Overall, around 53% of mobile device users feel anxious if their phone isn’t close by.
16. 89% of College Students Experience Phantom Vibration
Among undergraduate college students, phantom vibrations – where the person believes they feel a mobile phone vibration indicating an incoming call, message, or notification, but their phone isn’t actually vibrating – are common. Overall, about 89% report experiencing the phenomenon.
[Source: Computers in Human Behavior]
17. More Than Half of Millennials Wake Up and Check Their Phone Once or More During the Night
Fifty-three percent of Millennials admit to waking up and checking their phone a minimum of one time during the night.
18. Almost 20% of Young Adults Have Used a Smartphone During Sex
Among adults aged 18 to 34, 20% have used their smartphone during sex.
Phone Usage While Driving Statistics
19. 80% of Cell Phone Owners Use Their Device While Driving
Overall, 80% of cell phone owners use their device in some form or fashion while driving. This can include voice calls, GPS functions, text messaging, or any other kind of activity, legal or otherwise.
20. Texting and Driving is Banned in 48 States
Forty-eight states, as well as the District of Columbia, have laws banning texting while driving. The bans are universal, unlike some cell phone use driving laws that focus on specific age groups.
21. 25 States Ban Handheld Cell Phone Use While Driving
In 25 states, as well as the District of Columbia, holding your cell phone in your hand while driving is illegal, regardless of why it’s being used.
22. In 36 States, Novice or Teen Drivers Aren’t Allowed to Use Mobile Devices While Driving, Period
Thirty-six states, as well as the District of Columbia, have laws on the books that ban inexperienced or teen drivers from using a mobile device while driving, no matter the purpose. While the laws do vary, this can include drivers who have learner’s permits instead of regular licenses, regardless of that person’s age.
23. Teen Drivers are 8 Times More Likely to Crash or Have a Near-Miss When Driving and Dialing a Phone
When teen drivers are dialing a phone while behind the wheel, they are eight times more likely to either crash of have a near-miss while driving. Even experienced drivers are at a higher risk of a crash or near-miss when dialing, being twice as likely to be involved in one of those events.
[Source: National Institute of Health]
24. 14% of Fatal Vehicle Crashes Involve Cell Phone Use
Overall, 14% of vehicle crashes with at least one fatality involve cell phone use. The cell phone user may or may not have been the fatality, though they played a role in the crash.
[Source: The Zebra]
Cell Phone Calling Statistics
25. The Average Mobile Phone User Makes and Receives 178 Calls Per Month
Each month, the average user makes and receives 178 calls on their mobile phone. Of those, 93 of the calls are received and 85 are made, on average.
26. Americans Answer Just 48% of the Phone Calls Received on Mobile Devices
Possibly due to the rise in scam robocalls, Americans answer just 48% of the calls that come into their mobile devices.
27. On Average, Phone Calls with a Person on a User’s Contact List Last Over 5 Minutes
When a person receives a call from a number in their contact list, the calls last, on average, 5 minutes and 9 seconds. Comparatively, calls from businesses that aren’t in contact lists last 2 minutes and 53 seconds, unidentified caller calls last 31 seconds, and spam calls last just 12 seconds.
Cell Phone Texting Statistics
28. More Than 26 Billion Texts Are Sent Daily in the U.S.
Overall, Americans send about 781 billion texts every month. That translates to 26 billion a day.
[Source: Text Request]
29. Text Messages Have a Near 100% Read Rate
Overall, text messages are read just shy of 100% of the time.
30. 50% of Text Messages Are Read Within 3 Minutes
Not only are most texts read, but 50% of them are read within 3 minutes of the message being received. A total of 78% are usually read within 10 minutes, and nearly all are checked within one hour.
31. 69% of Mobile Device Users Would Rather Contact Business Via Text
Given the option, 69% of mobile phone users would rather contact businesses using text messaging than other options. Plus, 54% are frustrated when that option isn’t available.
32. About 1.38 Billion Smartphones Were Sold Worldwide in 2020
During 2020, around 1.38 billion smartphones were sold worldwide. While that number is large, it’s actually lower than the total sales for every year since 2014. For example, in 2018, the highest year on record, about 1.56 billion were sold.
33. In 2020, There Were 294+ Million Smartphone Users in the U.S.
Overall, smartphone use in the United States continues to be on the rise. In 2020, there were approximately 294.15 million users across the country.
34. There Will be 311+ Million Smartphone Users in the U.S. by 2025
Estimates suggest that, by the year 2025, there will be approximately 311.53 million smartphone users in the United States alone. With 2020 having around 294.15 million users, that’s an increase of 17.38 million in just five years.
35. About 6.95 Billion People Own a Mobile Device Globally
Worldwide, approximately 6.95 billion people own a mobile device, such as a cell phone or smartphone. By 2024, that number could reach 7.41 billion.
36. Approximately 46.5% of the World’s Population Own a Smartphone
In 2020, smartphone penetration across the world reached new heights. Overall, about 46.5% of the world’s population owns one.
37. 97% of American Adults Own Some Type of Cell Phone
Between smartphones and traditional cell phones, 97% of American adults have a cellular-connected device. Overall, about 85% own smartphones today, a dramatic increase from the 35% that owned a smartphone in 2011.
[Source: Pew Research]
38. Nearly 100% of 18 to 49 Year Olds in the U.S. Report Having Cell Phone
Of Americans between the ages of 18 and 49, practically 100% own a cellular-connected device. For users between 18 and 29, 96% have a smartphone. For the 30 to 49 year old crowd, 95% have a smartphone.
[Source: Pew Research]
39. Hispanic-American Adults Most Likely to Own a Cell Phone, with Near 100% Ownership
Among various demographic groups, Hispanic-Americans are most likely to have a cellular device of some kind, reporting ownership levels near 100%. In comparison, 99% of Black Americans own a cellular device, and 97% of White Americans do.
[Source: Pew Research]
40. Around 45% of 10 to 12-Year-Old Children in the U.S. Have a Smartphone
Approximately 45% of 10 to 12 years olds in the United States have their own smartphone with a service plan. This doesn’t include children in that age range who have access to Wi-Fi only devices.
[Source: Nationwide Children’s]
Overall, the statistics above range from eye-catching to downright stunning. The data gives people some startling insights about how cell phones have impacted our lives, our actions, and even the world.
While cell phones are certainly not going anywhere, the cell phone usage statistics above could indicate that rethinking how we make use of the devices is wise. That way, we can remain safe, maintain relationships, and avoid cell phone addiction.