58% of Americans Want to Use Smartphones Less According to This Survey

Smartphones have turned into critical devices for people to have on hand because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up allowing them to stay connected with the world. Owning a smartphone is no longer a luxury, since most people need them for work and for staying in touch with friends and family. In spite of the fact that this is the case, a recent Gallup poll suggests that a majority of American adults think they use their smartphones too frequently.

Back in 2015 when Gallup conducted the same poll, around 39% of respondents said that they used their smartphones too much. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that this number has increased dramatically to 58% in 2021. Adults between the ages of 18 and 29 are more likely to want to reduce smartphone usage, with 81% of this demographic agreeing that they use their phones too often during the day.

The 30 to 49 demographic also agreed to a similar extent, with 74% of them saying the same. The trend moves downwards as the surveyed demographics get older, with 47% of adults between 50 and 64 saying that their smartphone use was excessive, and only 30% of adults over 65 saying the same with all things having been considered and taken into account.

Compared to the data from 2015, the proportion of adults between 18 and 29 who believe they rely on smartphones too much has increased from 58% to 81%. The increases for other demographics were 48% to 74% for 30 to 49, 23% to 47% for 50 to 64 and 9% to 30% for adults over the age of 65.

Younger people are clearly frustrated by the constant scrolling through smartphones that takes up their day, and this might lead to these devices becoming less frequently used as they get older and don’t have to rely on them for work. It will be interesting to see how this impacts the wider smartphone industry and the companies operating within it.
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