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- The online survey suggests that most Americans believe smartphones have improved their lives.
- Still, 12 percent said they made their lives worse to some degree.
- More than 80 percent of adults usually keep their smartphones with them, while more than two-thirds say they keep them close while they sleep.
Smartphone use among all ages has increased significantly in recent years, with most Americans saying they use their devices “too much”. found a recent Gallup poll†
The online survey suggests that most Americans believe smartphones have improved their lives, with only 12 percent saying the ubiquitous machines have made their lives worse. Still, 58 percent said they use their smartphones too much — a 19 percent increase from 2015.
The survey found little change since 2015 in some measurements of attachments, including the finding that nearly half of adults say they “can’t imagine” their lives without a smartphone. More than 80 percent of adults usually keep their smartphones with them, while more than two-thirds say they keep them close while they sleep.
Overall, more Americans today have smartphones than last time Gallup asked the question, with nearly all adults surveyed saying they own a smartphone — an 81 percent increase in 2015.
Age is also an important factor in attachment, according to the Gallup survey, as adults under 50 are more likely to keep their phone with them at all times and experience anxiety without fear.
More than 90 percent of adults under 50 keep their smartphones “almost always close by when they are awake.” Yet more than two-thirds of over-65s say they do the same.
Meanwhile, more Americans today rely on their phones to browse the web and shop online instead of using a computer to perform the same tasks. The largest increase was found in online purchases.
But compared to computer use, most Americans told Gallup that they mainly use their smartphones to communicate on social media. This was followed by adults using their devices to read web content.
Gallups’ findings are based on a self-administered web survey of 30,000 U.S. adults conducted from January to February.
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Published on June 20, 2022