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Most smartphone owners in the United States say they check their device multiple times an hour on average, according to a recent report from Gallup.

The report was based on a Gallup Panel survey, conducted between April 17 and May 18, of 15,747 US adults who say they have a smartphone.

Some 41% of respondents say they check/use their smartphone a few times an hour on average, and an additional 11% say they do so every few minutes; 20% say they check about once an hour; 24%, a few times a day; 2%, once a day; and 2%, less than once a day.

Below, additional key findings from the report.

Demographic Differences

  • 73% of respondents age 18-29 say they check their smartphone multiple times an hour on average. 
  • Only 21% of smartphone owners age 65 and older say they check their smartphone multiple times an hour.

Compared With Others

61% of respondents say they check their smartphone less often than people they know.

Keeping Smartphones Close

81% respondents say they keep their smartphone near them almost all the time during waking hours.

About the research: The report was based on a Gallup Panel survey, conducted between April 17 and May 18, of 15,747 US adults who say they have a smartphone.

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Ayaz Nanji is a digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Media, a marketing agency specializing in content and social media services for tech firms. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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