Technology Takeover: Smartphones Vs TV?

It’s a modern era so there’s no doubt that newer technology is taking over older forms of entertainment. With millennials wanting to spend more and more of their time on social media instead of reading a book. Or playing video games using a VR headset instead of going for a walk.


Not that this is an issue but it’s interesting to see how much culture has changed and evolved with technology, becoming a part of our everyday lives.

And we’re even more interested to find out just how much it’s shifted over recent years.


So we did some research. (And although we could only find a 2019 US study, it’s still very relevant.)

According to eMarketer, “for the first time ever, US consumers will spend more time using their mobile devices than watching TV, with smartphone use dominating that time spent.”


So what are the actual statistics?

Well, it states that the average adult will spend up to 3 hours 43 minutes on mobile devices per day! As for TV, they spent just above 3 hours 35 minutes watching shows or movies.


Let’s split this up even further.

Out of that 3 hours 43 minutes, 2 hours 57 minutes is spent using apps and another 26 minutes using mobile browsers. Listening to music and podcasts is the most common app usage while using social media networks comes in second.


You can actually find out for yourself how much time you spend on your phone, and which apps you favour.

How? Well, most smartphones now how a Screen Time feature which allows you to really understand your mobile habits.

Screen Time technology

This example is taken from an 18-year-old female, and as you can see the results are pretty similar to that of the study. Their average time spent on their phone is 2 hours 48 minutes a day with a majority of that being spent on social.

So why not take a look yourselves? You might be surprised by the results.


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