Blog: Your Opinion in Action: Americans and Mobile Phones

April 19, 2022 | Browse more articles -->

What happens after you submit your survey responses? Where do your answers go? How is your opinion used? We want to answer these questions by sharing past examples of how your responses and opinions have made an impact.

How much time do Americans spend on their mobile phones? We wanted to learn more about mobile phone usage, so we asked Maru Springboard America. We found that 96% of respondents own a mobile phone.

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15% of those with a mobile phone spend 5 or more hours each day on their phone. That’s a lot of screen time! The most frequently used mobile apps (used at least once per week) are social media apps like Facebook or Instagram (59%), banking apps (42%), and games like Candy Crush or Solitaire (39%).

One third (33%) of respondents get a new mobile phone once every 2-3 years while another one third (31%) get one every 4-5 years. Only 3% of respondents get a new phone every year.

The most common reason respondents last got a new phone was that the old phone stopped working well (53%). So it seems that the average life span of a mobile phone that’s frequently used is less than 5 years – this is good to know to work that new device into your budget.

Do you think Americans spend too much time on their mobile phones?


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Maru Springboard America is one of the country’s leading online market research panels. We send you surveys, you complete them, we give you rewards, and you make a difference. For each survey you complete, you earn entries into monthly sweepstakes programs and points that can be redeemed for gift cards from a variety of popular online retailers. We then share your responses with organizations ranging from household brands, government bodies, not-for-profits, and the media who want to better understand the opinions of Americans. Have your voice heard by joining the Maru Springboard America community today.

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