Comprehending My Phone Addiction

Frederick Hubacker
Frederick Hubacker
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2 min readFeb 15, 2021

Throughout most of my days, I don’t even realize how many times I pick up my phone.

Most of the time, the amount of time I spend on my phone doesn’t even occur to me. I usually just stay on my phone until I’m done and satisfied with whatever I was watching or reading, then go onto another app without batting an eye for how long I took examining the content before.

Now I may have some second thoughts about picking up my phone more often.

Not only was my daily average way more than I expected (almost 6 hours per day) but I spent by far the most time using entertainment apps. 21 hours and 45 minutes spent on entertainment apps throughout last week to be exact. This was very alarming for me.

The two apps that I used the most were YouTube and Bleacher Report. That makes sense because while I do use those apps for entertainment, I also use Bleacher Report for my Sports Management class, and YouTube basically when I don’t understand something. Although I do use them for those specific purposes, that still shouldn’t mean I spend 10 hours on each app per week either. I will definitely monitor my usage for those two apps more in the future.

The other two app categories I spent the most time on were unsurprisingly social media at almost 6 hours, and surprisingly travel at 1 hour and 40 minutes. For social, Instagram and messaging were the leaders by far at almost 3 hours each with snapchat surprisingly low at only 36 minutes. I was utterly shocked by the snapchat screen time and saw it as a huge positive. For travel, all of the time was consumed by apple maps, which makes sense because I use it for my job.

The pickup and notification stats made a lot of sense, as messaging was my most used app after pickup implying that I reply to my texts quickly. Messaging also was the leader in notifications with door dash (my current job) being a close 2nd.

Overall, this was a positive experience for me, and I will definitely monitor my phone usage more often as well as try to spend less time on my device as well.

Info graph by Freddy Hubacker

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Frederick Hubacker
Frederick Hubacker

Student at Central Michigan University, Studying Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts and Sports Management.