The pandemic has greatly increased the use of smartphones

The data analysis company App Annie analyzed the data of the use of mobile devices, ie smartphones and tablets, by the users and the data it quotes are very interesting.

In the first half of 2020, we spent 1.6 trillion hours on mobile devices, shopping, playing video games, talking to others in online dating, and more. In fact, users of mobile devices spent the amount of 50 billion dollars for purchases in the online stores Google Play (Android) and App Store (iOS).

The average user spent 27% of their daily time, ie about 4.3 hours on mobile devices, which means that we had a huge increase of 20% compared to the first half of 2019.

Of course this is something very normal as the pandemic and the first lockdowns were an unprecedented experience for the vast majority of the world’s population. In addition to the immediate benefits of communicating with our family, friends and colleagues, turning to technology helps us manage difficult emotions and reduce stress.

Four of the top five most time-consuming applications in the second quarter of 2020 worldwide (excluding China) were video conferencing applications:

  • ZOOM Cloud Meetings
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Google Meet
  • Cisco Webex Meeting

In addition, we spent 25% more time online showing favorite series, movies and shows, compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.

Passing to consumption in the first half of 2020, we exceeded the consumption of the festive period of 2019, accelerating the transition of businesses to online shopping.

However, not all the time we spend in front of our screens is beneficial. Experts say that spending a lot of time just watching what is happening on social media can lead to feelings of jealousy and loneliness that can even lead to depression.

What matters is the way we make our way through our social networks. Some studies show that the more time we spend scrolling on social media without actively participating (ie commenting), the more likely we are to experience negative emotions as we compare ourselves to others.

Among the experts’ suggestions is to spend some periods away from the constant use of your mobile device, as a kind of detoxification, while the most important thing is to find the balance between the use of the smartphone and what really helps you to stay active and satisfied. So you should be able to see what negatively affects you and reduce the time you spend there, but without abrupt changes that can work in stark contrast to helping you have a more creative and enjoyable relationship with your mobile device.

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