41 Social Media Addiction Statistics

In recent years, social media has become as addictive as it is pervasive. As many as 210 million – or more – people around the world may suffer from internet addiction. And that number is only likely to go up as social media apps get better at better at engaging users.

For more information, we’ve put together these social media addiction and mental health statistics.

1. Around 210 Million People May Suffer from Internet and Social Media Addiction

As device use increases, so can internet and social media addiction. While exact figures aren’t clear, experts estimate that about 210 million people likely suffer from internet or social media addiction.

[Source: Science Direct]

2. Up to 10% of Americans Could Meet the Criteria for Smartphone Addiction

Psychologists believe that up to 10% of Americans may meet the criteria for smartphone addiction. Mainly, this would be exhibiting symptoms associated with addictive behavior, such as obsessive, compulsive, or excessive use.

[Source: Addiction Center]

3. People Who Visit Social Media Sites Frequently Are 3x More Likely to Feel Socially Isolated or Depressed

When compared to social media users who head to the platforms less than 9 times per week, those who checked the platforms 58 or more times per week were 3 times as likely to feel socially isolated or depressed.

[Source: Addiction Center]

4. iPhone Users Unlock Their Devices 80 Times Each Day

On average, an iPhone user unlocks their device 80 times every day. That breaks down to about one unlock every 12 minutes, suggesting the person is awake for 16 hours daily.

[Source: Business Insider]

5. 32% of Cell Phone Users Check Their Device Right When They Wake Up

For 32% of cell phone users, checking their device is the first thing they do upon waking. Another 8% take a look within 3 minutes, while a further 16% wait no longer than 5 minutes.

[Source: EZTexting]

6. Smartphone Owners Spend 4.2 Hours Each Day Using Apps

On average, smartphone users spend 4.2 hours per day using smartphone apps. Based on being awake for 16 hours, that’s around 25% of their day.

[Source: Tech Crunch]

7. 74% of Facebook Users Check Their Account At Least Once per Day

Facebook is one of the most widely used social media sites around. Of Americans that have an account, 74% check it a minimum of once a day, while 51% check it several times each day.

[Source: Pew Research Center]

8. Digital Consumers Spend an Average of 2.3+ Hours Per Day on Social Media and Messaging

On average, digital consumers spend 2 hours and 23 minutes per day using social media platforms and messaging. People age 16 to 24 have the highest usage rate, coming in just shy of three hours.

[Source: Global Web Index]

9. 55% of Drivers Admit They’ve Checked Social Media While Behind the Wheel

While most people are aware of the risks of using a smartphone while driving, a shocking number of people still do it. One of the most interesting points is that 55% of drivers admit they’ve accessed their social media accounts while operating a vehicle.

[Source: DriversEd.com]

10. The Philippines Has the Highest Daily Social Media Use, Coming in at Over 4 Hours

Globally, social media users in the Philippines clock in an average of just over 4 hours of use daily. Brazil is second, sitting at 3.75 hours, followed by Columbia and Nigeria, which both sit at 3 hours and 36 minutes.

[Source: Global Web Index]

11. Globally, Social Media Users Have 8.1 Accounts on Average

When it comes to social media use, most users don’t have just one account. Instead, the average comes in at 8.1 accounts per social media user, typically spread among several platforms.

[Source: Global Web Index]

12. 30% of Internet Time is Attributed to Social Media

Overall, 30% of the time spent online is attributed to social media platforms. This can include both computer, smartphone, and tablet-based activity.

[Source: Global Web Index]

13. 60% of Social Media Time Is Through Mobile Devices

While many social media platforms are accessible through computers, 60% of the activity is mobile device-based.

[Source: Marketing Charts]

14. Worldwide, 11 New Users Join Social Media Every Second

On average worldwide, 11 new social media users are created every single second. That’s just shy of 1 million people per day.

[Source: We Are Social]

15. People Spend an Average of 40 Minutes Per Day on YouTube and 35 Minutes Per Day on Facebook

While many people would assume that Facebook usage would outpace the other platforms, social media users actually spend more time per day on YouTube, clocking in an average of 40 minutes daily. However, Facebook isn’t too far behind, coming in with 35 minutes per day.

[Source: Entrepreneur]

16. 1 Billion Hours of Video is Watched on YouTube Daily

Every single day, YouTube users are consuming around 1 billion hours of video content on the platform. If one person tried to view that much content, it would take them more than 100,000 years to do it.

[Source: Tech Crunch]

17. There are Over 2 Billion Monthly YouTube Users Logged in Monthly

Each month, over 2 billion YouTube accounts are logged into the site. However, the actual user count could be higher, as you don’t have to log in to watch videos on the platform.

[Source: YouTube]

18. 500+ Hours of New Content Uploads Hit YouTube Every Minute

Each minute of the day, more than 500 hours of new uploads occur on YouTube.

[Source: YouTube]

19. Users Send Out Around 500+ Million Tweet Each Day

Every second, 6,000 tweets are released into the world. That works out to around 518 million tweets per day or an astonishing 189 billion tweet per year.

[Source: Internet Live Stats]

Teen Social Media Addiction and Mental Health Statistics

20. Half of All Teens Say They Suffer from Smartphone Addiction

While they haven’t received formal diagnoses, 50% of teens claim they “feel addicted” to their smartphones.

[Source: Fortune]

21. Teens Who Spend 5 Hours on Their Phone Per Day Are Nearly Twice as Likely to Have Depression Symptoms

Among teens, those that spend 5 hours per day on their smartphone, on average, are almost twice as likely to have depression symptoms when compared to peers who use their devices less.

[Source: APA PsycNet]

22. 27% of Children Who Spend 3+ Hours Per Day on Social Media Exhibit Signs of Poor Mental Health

When it comes to social media use specifically, 27% of children who spend a minimum of 3 hours per day using social media have symptoms associated with poor mental health.

[Source: Addiction Center]

23. Teens Spend 9 Hours Per Day Consuming Media for Entertainment

Overall, teens spend about 9 hours per day consuming media for entertainment. While the media consumption can come from several sources, social media platforms are a significant part of the equation.

[Source: CNN]

24. Teen Girls Spend 40 More Minutes on Social Media Per Day Than Teen Boys

While both male and female teens use social media, teenage girls average 40 more minutes per day when compared to teenage boys.

[Source: CNN]

25. Of the 45% of Teens That Check Their Device After Going to Bed, 94% Are on Social Media

Overall, around 45% of teenagers check their smartphones after going to bed. Of them, 94% are using social media apps.

[Source: HMC]

26. 72% of 16 to 24-Year-Olds Use Social Media While Watching Television

Among the 16 to 24-year-old set, 72% use social media simultaneously while they are watching television.

[Source: Global Web Index]

27. 45% of Teens Feel Overwhelmed by Drama on Social Media

When it comes to drama, 45% of teens feel overwhelmed by the amount of it they encounter on social media. Additionally, 13 percent say they feel overwhelmed by the drama “a lot.”

[Source: Pew Research Center]

28. When Teens “Unfriend” Someone, the Reason Is Usually “Too Much Drama”

When it comes to unfriending or unfollowing someone on social media, one of the main reasons teens give is that the person created too much drama. In 52% of cases, bullying – either personally being bullied or witnessing the person bullying others – was a factor.

[Source: Pew Research Center]

29. 43% of Teens Feel Pressure to Only Post Content That Makes Them Look Good

When it comes to why teens post content, 43% feel pressure to only create posts that make them look good in the eyes of others. Thirty-seven percent also feel pressure to limit themselves to sharing content that will get a lot of positive attention, such as likes or comments.

[Source: Pew Research Center]

Adult Social Media Addition and Mental Health Statistics

30. 34% of 18 to 24-Year-Olds Experience FOMO If They Don’t Use Social Media

For 34% of 18 to 24-year-olds, not using social media creates a fear of missing out (FOMO). For older users, only 17% feel that way.

[Source: CBS]

31. 41% of Young Adults’ Experience Sleep Issues Due to Social Media

More than 4-in-10 young adults have sleep issues related to social media.

[Source: CBS]

32. 68% of Adult Cell Phone Users Irrationally Fear Losing Their Phone

Overall, more than two-thirds of adults are irrationally afraid of losing their smartphones, which can be a sign of potential addiction.

[Source: Entrepreneur]

33. More Than Half of Cell Phone Users Feel Anxious If Their Device Isn’t Close

Another potential sign of addiction, about 53% of mobile phone users feel a level of anxiety if their phone isn’t nearby.

[Source: Nielsen]

34. 71% of American Smartphone Users Sleep with Their Device Within Arm’s Reach

Along three-quarters of American smartphone owners sleep with their device within arm’s reach. This can include having the device with them in bed or positions on a nearby nightstand.

[Source: Fortune]

35. 3% of Smartphone Users Sleep with the Device Physically in Their Hand

While 71% of Americans sleep with their phone close, 3% actually keep their smartphone in their hand while they snooze.

[Source: Fortune]

36. 18 to 22-Year-Olds are the Most Addicted Adult Group in the United States

Among American adults, 18 to 22-year-olds are most likely to describe themselves as at least somewhat addicted to social media, coming in at 40%. Additionally, 5% of those in that age group believe it describes them completely.

[Source: Statista]

37. American Adults Age 23 to 38 Are Most Likely to Say That Being Addicted to Social Media Describes Them “Completely”

While 18 to 22-year-olds are more likely than any other adult age group in the United States to view themselves as at least “somewhat” addicted to social media, when it comes to how many feel the description fits “completely,” Americans age 23 to 38 are more likely to say they fall in that category.

Overall, 15% of 23 to 38-year-olds feel the description fits them completely. Coming up behind them is 39 to 54-year-olds with 9%, followed by the 18 to 22-year-old crowd with 5%.

[Source: Statista]

38. 21% of 55 to 64-Year-Old Americans Feel They Are Addicted to Social Media

While most people attribute social media addiction to younger adults and teens, anyone may be affected. Overall, 21% of 55 to 64-year-olds feel it’s at least a “somewhat” fitting descriptor, while 1% feel it describes them completely.

[Source: Statista]

39. 34% of Professionals Use Social Media to Take a Break from Work

Many companies have expressed concern that social media use diminishes productivity. Overall, many people do hop on social media while they are at the workplace, with 34% using it to give themselves a mental break from their jobs.

Twenty-seven percent say they’ve used social media to connect with loved ones while working, and 24% have taken advantage of the platforms to establish or maintain professional networks.

[Source: Pew Research Center]

40. 77% of Professionals Use Social Media at Work

While not all companies have formal policies about using social media while at work, many do. However, 77% of employees say they’ve used social media while on the job regardless of whether policies banning the activity were in place.

[Source: Pew Research Center]

41. The Average Millennial Checks Their Phone 157 Times Per Day

Over the course of a day, Millennials check their phone an average of 157 times. While exact reasoning can vary, looking for notifications – including those from social media – is often part of the equation.

[Source: Medium]

Bottom Line

While many of the statistics above put a spotlight on social media addiction and the impact of platform use on mental, there is still a lot to learn. Social media addiction isn’t considered an official medical diagnosis. As a result, many mental health and medical professionals feel that the topic is under-researched, and there is a good chance that far more people are actually suffering from it than we realize.

However, the statistics above do give a glimpse into the landscape. They highlight aspects of social media addiction, as well as potentially relating information about mental health and overall social media engagement. Plus, they are fascinating in their own right, showing us all how pervasive social media use is and what it could be doing to the population.

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