We live in a world where technology is at your fingertips 24/7. Do we really check our phones every nine minutes, as one study suggests?


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I remember reading an article online that said the average person checks their phone every nine minutes. Nine minutes?! I don't know about you, but that sounds pretty crazy to me. So it got me thinking, 'How often do I actually check my phone?'

The idea of tallying up every time I look at my phone just seemed a little ridiculous, and maybe wouldn't be the correct answer (if I forget to mark down one or two, or even five). Luckily for me, there's an app for that.

I stumbled onto this app that tells you how many times you check your phone throughout the day. It's called 'checky app' and it keeps track for you (which made this kind of a fun experiment). After downloading the app to my phone, and letting it do all the work, the results are in!

Yesterday I checked my phone a total of 76 times. After I subtract the 7 hours I spent sleeping, and the hour in the shower and getting ready for work - that means I checked my phone 76 times in 16 hours.

That works out to a little over every 12 minutes. Every 12 minutes I checked my phone yesterday! I was shocked when I found out! I guess we really are glued to our phones as much as they say (well, at least I am anyways).



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