Americans are addicted to their cellphones, but that’s not exactly fresh news. There is something unnerving about our obsession, though.
The stats from this infographic show exactly how far our cellphone overuse goes. The average American uses their phone around 3 hours a day, and we’re checking our cell phones roughly 110 times per day! We’re even using our phones in the bathroom: 40 percent of adults check their phones on the toilet. Consider me officially disgusted.
Cellphones are also involved in 25 percent of car accidents, regardless of the driver’s age. This means that both teenagers and adults behave irresponsibly behind the wheel. Some food for thought next time you’re feeling compelled to text and drive.
Our public lives aren’t the only thing affected by our smartphone addiction: 1 in 3 people would rather give up sex than their phone, and 1 in 5 have used it during sex. I don’t know the details here, but if you have the mental focus to check your smartphone during sex, you’re definitely doing it wrong.
It’s time we start using our cellphones consciously. Maybe go on a small tech detox for a weekend, or make a pact with your family of not checking your devices at dinner. Small changes can make a huge difference, and you’ll feel much better when you aren’t always online.