Boomers Aren’t Far Behind Millennials in Smartphone Usage

Boomers Aren’t Far Behind Millennials in Smartphone Usage

According to a recent U.S. survey, the average American spends 5.4 hours a day on his or her smartphone.

You’d think millennials skew this statistic higher – they’re on their phones all day! – but boomers aren’t far behind in total average screen time.

The survey, conducted by Provision Living, a US senior-living care company, polled 1,000 millennials (born between 1981 and 1995) and 1,000 boomers (1946 to 1964) and found that the younger group spends an average of 5.7 hours a day on a smartphone.


The boomers weren’t far behind, averaging 5 hours a day.

But in the heavy user demographic, twice as many boomers (24%) spend over 12 hours a day looking at their screens than millennials (13%).

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Where do they spend most of their screen time? Most spend it on Facebook (69 minutes for millennials, and 60 minutes for boomers) and Instagram (52 and 44 minutes, respectively). The younger demographic spends a lot of time texting, chatting, and listening to music; boomers are consumed by email and Facebook Messenger. Twitter was the least popular app among both groups – even though they still averaged about 34 minutes a day on the platform.

Don’t expect anything to change – two-thirds of participants say they have no plans to decrease screen time. If that sounds like an addiction, it is: 94% of those polled agree with that sentiment, and 90% of people sleep with their phone within arm’s reach.


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