Researchers found that us millennials (18-24) check our phones every 9 minutes and 50 seconds. I AM A SLAVE TO MY iPHONE 4 and I don’t even have Siri slut-shaming me or whatever it is she does. Grownups check their phones less but it could just be because they are less adept with technology since we’re the first generation to really be all consumed with GLORIOUS WI-FI it’s reasonable that our usage behavior wouldn’t change.
According to the study, “The average British man looks at his phone every 22 minutes and 30 seconds while the typical woman looks at hers every 26 minutes and 15 seconds.” Wow, you’re so above the influence too bad you’re old and have a job and money and security—yuck!
However 25-34-year-olds check their phones every 9 minutes and 55 seconds. Clearly the people conducting this story are unfamiliar with the HIGH LEVELS OF ADORABLE ANIMALS and hot dudes on Tumblr other wise they wouldn’t even be questioning these patterns. Keep in mind this was a survey of 2,000 people in Britain so, take this all with a grain of salt.
While many (old people) argue that technology is an interruption to the real world and “real interaction” I would argue that technology is just a part of the “real world” and “real interaction” now. It’s just integrated into our lives more than ever before (and will continue to be) and if anything it is heightening our communication, quality of life and desire to see pretty things. Sounds fine to me. Just keep in mind that sometimes there are really good reasons to turn your phone off, you know, like when your friend is telling you a really great story, at your wedding, at your favorite band’s concert—stop checking your phone, look up and smell the coffee every once in a while.