How much time do you think you spend using your smartphone? An hour a day? Two hours?
Well, you might be amazed to know that the average amount of time a person spends glued to their handset is actually much, much higher in some countries.
According to research by Statista, the average person in Brazil spends almost five hours a day glued to their handset.
In China, meanwhile, the average is just over three hours, and it’s 2.37 hours in the US.
The UK isn’t too far behind, with an average of 2.09 hours a day spent on a smartphone, and other countries including Italy, Spain and South Korea are in a similar ballpark.
It’s a measure of how all-consuming and ubiquitous smartphones have become in the modern world.
After all, we use them for everything from checking our emails to booking a holiday abroad these days.
Let’s do some number-crunching and assume that the average person in these countries spends eight hours at work, arrives about two hours after they get up and goes to bed about five hours after they get home.
That means they have seven hours of free time each day when they’re not at work – and in places like the UK, nearly a third of that time is spent on a smartphone.
It’s even more enlightening when you consider that these latest averages are higher than those recorded in previous studies by Statista.
For instance, the latest figures show that people in Brazil are on average spending more than twice as long on their handsets as they did in 2012.
So why is this? The upturn in Brazil and other nations probably reflects many factors, such as growing smartphone penetration around the world.
But perhaps most significantly, it’s a consequence of smartphones becoming more powerful and versatile in the last few years.
Many people don’t even own a desktop PC or a laptop anymore as they know their smartphone is all they need to get online and use web-based services.
It will be fascinating to check back a few years down the line and see if the average amount of time we spend on our smartphones continues to go up.
Or will a new device come in and shake up the consumer electronics market in the same way the smartphone did when it first emerged?
Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, our love for and dependence on gadgets is going to disappear any time soon.