Why is it important: Smartphone addiction has become a real problem in the last decade as people spend more and more time on social media and playing mobile games. There is even a word for this fear of being left without a phone or cell service, nomophobia.

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In 2019, Asurion published study which suggests that US residents checked their smartphones an average of 96 times a day, or about once every ten minutes (when accounting for eight hours of sleep).

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The company recently held follow-up study and found that the number had almost quadrupled to a whopping 352 times a day. This means that the average American checks their phone about once every three minutes.

The survey was conducted from March 2 to March 9 this year, and nearly 2,000 US adults of all ages took part in it. According to Asurion, three-quarters of respondents consider their phone more of a necessity than a luxury, and 20 percent of them do not want to go without it for more than a few hours. Another 75 percent of people even admitted to taking their phones to the bathroom with them.

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The generational stats are even more interesting, as 75 percent of Baby Boomers and 76 percent of Gen Xers consider their phones a necessity. This is slightly higher than Generation Z (71%) and Millennials (68%).

As for the reasons why we’re so attached to our phones, 86 percent of people said they mostly reach for their phones to keep in touch with friends and family by calling, texting and using social media.

Taking photos and videos was the second most popular reason (61 percent), followed by mobile banking (46 percent), mobile gaming (40 percent) and online shopping (31 percent).