The Average Adult In The U.S. “Logs 6 Hours, 43 Minutes Of Total Screen Time Daily”
The Average Adult In The U.S. “Logs 6 Hours, 43 Minutes Of Total Screen Time Daily” by Michael Snyder – End of the American Dream
Can you imagine a society where there are no phones, no televisions and no computers at all? America was once such a place, but now everything has changed. Today, most Americans willingly plug themselves into “the matrix” for multiple hours each day. We are increasingly living our lives through our screens, but in the process the amount of real human interaction that we have with one another just continues to go down. We are absolutely addicted to our phones, our televisions and our computers, and many of us actually become extremely physically uncomfortable if we are forced to “unplug” for even a few hours. But even though we already know all of this, the numbers from a brand new survey that was just released are still hard to believe. According to a survey of 2,000 people, the average adult in the United States spends about six hours and 43 minutes a day staring at a screen…
Perhaps it’s no surprise then that Americans spend nearly half of their waking hours looking at screens, according to a survey of 2,000 adults.
More specifically, the survey found that 42% of the time Americans are awake, their eyes are fixated on a television, smartphone, computer, tablet, or other device. Supposing the average American slept eight hours a night (not even close to the case for most adults), the researchers calculated that people spend about six hours and 43 minutes a day staring at a screen. Over a typical lifespan, that’s 7,956 days.
It has been said that “we are what we eat”, and the same principle is true when it comes to our minds.
Six giant media corporations control more than 90 percent of the news and entertainment that we get through our televisions, and control of the Internet is rapidly being consolidated by huge companies as well.
That gives the elite an enormous amount of power to influence how Americans see the world.
If we want to fight back, we have to reach Americans where they are, and where they usually are is in front of some sort of screen.
And according to that same survey, this is a trend that appears to be accelerating over time…
And the problem is only getting worse. Of those surveyed, 79%said their screen time has increased over the past five years, with four in ten admitting it’s grown “a lot.” Three in four participants believe they simply spend too much time in front of screens. In fact, 53% take breaks from the computer — by checking their phone. Another 27% admits to watching TV and looking at their phone at the same time.
I still remember the days when cellphones were huge, clunky things that could only be used for making phone calls.
But now our tiny little phones do just about everything for us, and a different survey discovered that the average American currently spends 86 hours a monthusing a smartphone…
According to comScore’s 2017 Cross Platform Future in Focusreport, the average American adult (18+) spends 2 hours, 51 minutes on their smartphone every day.
That’s about 86 hours a month! This might be a record, but growth has certainly flattened out over the last year-and-a-half.
Every survey on cellphone use finds that young people use their phones far more than older generations do, but is that a good thing or is that a bad thing?
So much time in the “virtual world” is going to mean less time getting things done in the “real world”, and the consequences of neglecting the “real world” can be quite dramatic.