By the Numbers: One-third of waking hours spent on mobile devices

A new study finds that Americans spend on average more than four hours on mobile devices, and that time keeps increasing.
1:17 | 01/14/22

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- It may not be news to you that we're spending more time than ever on mobile apps, particularly during the pandemic. But how long do we stare at our phones? A new study by the app monitoring firm App Annie has some eye-popping data. And that's tonight's By the Numbers. 1/3 of our waking hours, 33%, that's how much time people spent on their mobile devices in 2021 in top mobile-use countries. Here in the US, it was on average 4.1 hours per day, up from 3.8 hours the year before. Globally, consumers download more than 435,000 mobile apps per minute. So what apps are we using? In the US, the number one most searched word in the iOS App Store in 2021 was Zoom. Coming in second, Microsoft Teams. TikTok saw 75% year-over-year growth in 2021, with users spending on average 26 hours a month on it. That dwarfed user time on Facebook and Instagram. Mobile video gaming has also spiked. But what you play largely may depend on your age. The number one game for Gen Z is Roblox. For millennials, it's Project Makeover. And for Gen X and baby boomers, it's Candy Crush. Globally, spending on mobile food and drink apps shot up 49% in 2021. The top food apps in the US are DoorDash, McDonald's, and Uber Eats.

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