Daddy, Put Down Your Phone! – Part II

Thank you to everyone who viewed and posted comments to my previous post, “Daddy Put Down You Phone!”. That post seemed to resonate with a lot of people so I thought I would share a YouTube video that I just came across which is directly related to smart phone addiction…it is even in the title of the video! Check it out!

According to this video, the average smart phone user checks there phone 110 times a day! Another source, according to the video, says that it might actually be more like 150 times a day!! The most shocking of all is that some of the highest frequency users, during the peak hours of 5pm and 8pm, are checking their phones every 6 seconds!!! (That statement is three exclamation mark worthy). The rest of us “average frequency” users are only checking our phones on average 9 times an hour during peak hours.

Just like we all spend time thinking about our spending habits and often create a budget to control our spending, I wonder if we should all think about our smart phone habits and somehow budget our time to control our smart phone use.


After watching this video I started to think about how many times an hour I check my phone. I hate to admit it, but I would guess that I probably check my phone, on average, 10 to 15 times an hour. So over the course of a day I would easily fall into the category of 150 – 200 times a day. I am a little shocked and saddened by that. How can I possibly be looking at my phone that much during the day!

As I pointed out in my last post, the time I spend on my phone is not all frivolous. I am actually doing productive and meaningful things a lot of the time. But I can’t help feeling like I am spending too much time on the phone. It looks like I may have to create a smart phone time-budget for myself! Might be time to pull on the time purse-strings and cut back!

Smart Phone chart

I’m interested to know, what is your number? How many times an hour or a day do you think you are checking your smart phone or other device? For the brave among you, I encourage you to post your number and/or your thoughts below. Thanks again for reading! (Better go check my phone!)


12 thoughts on “Daddy, Put Down Your Phone! – Part II

  1. During the school day, I check my phone once or twice an hour (usually on the breaks) and then probably 5-10 times at lunch. The rest of the day is a totally different story, however. If I’m watching a game or just hanging out, I think I’d be even higher than your 10-15 times an hour, especially if I’m mid conversation with someone or having a twitter beef like Kanye and Jimmy Kimmel. So, in an average day, I’d say I’d check in at about the same rate as you, if not higher.

    • Yeah, I agree Pat. I am checking my phone way more during certain times of the day. I would say that during the school hours I am checking the least but after school and in the evening I am checking a lot, and even more on weekends. Kind of scary. Thanks for the comment!

  2. I don’t typically have my phone at work during the day. At home at night and weekends or on the run I will mostly use it for 1) email (work and personal), 2) then Internet, 3) then Camera,4) then Social Media. I would probably spend about 1 hour or less per day.

  3. I’m going to throw a little pushback your way. 🙂

    During the school day, I am working hands on with kids most of the time. When they’re busy working – and I’m busy staying out of their way – I’m doing a number of things: observing their work, listening to their conversations, and sharing what they do via class blog and class Twitter account. Occasionally, I share something funny or poignant I’ve heard from them on my own Twitter account or blog. SO – during the school day, I might be really active on social media, or really inactive.

    At home, I’m doing all those things I didn’t get a chance to do while I was in the classroom. For me, that phone (or iPad or laptop) are my lifelines to the people I don’t get to see every day. I moved away from my family – my parents, siblings, and most significantly, my own children – to take a teaching job in Colorado. We use Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and FaceTime/Skype to connect and catch up. Those things that I used to be able to easily do in person are now inaccessible to me. It’s an 8.5 hour car ride home. Without social media, I would feel so out of touch with my family and friends.

    With all of that said (written), I still have a husband and new friends here in Colorado. When I am with them, I make a conscious effort NOT to check my phone or other devices the entire time I’m with them. The face to face experience is more valuable to me.

    Do I still feel a need to look at my phone when I’m by myself? Yes, but that’s mostly because I don’t want to miss anymore photos of nieces and nephew growing up, funny things my daughter tweets, or hearing how my mom is feeling today. I don’t think I’m addicted, because I strive for balance. I’m either in total denial, or I’ve finally figured out what works best for me and the people around me.

    That’s a long “2 cents,” but there you have it. Just another point of view to consider. I love how you share what you’re learning, especially what you learn from your sweet little girl. Cheers, Ryan!

    • Hey Michelle! Thank you so much for your comment. And just for the record, I don’t consider it a push back at all. I welcome all feedback and I think you make some really great points.

      I think I should clarify that I do advocate the use of technology and I am a huge fan of social media and I use it to keep in touch with people, to connect with other educators, and for its entertainment value. As I mentioned before, I think devices like smart phones, ipads, and laptops are amazing technologies and I think we live in an amazing time where technology can really bring people and ideas together. So I hope that my last couple posts didn’t come across as anti-smart phone or anti-technology because I am always defending social media and technology.

      I guess I was just looking at my own use and how it affects the people around me. And the word that keeps coming up over and over again is balance. And I really think that is the key. It sounds to me like you have found a great balance and I applaud that. I feel like I am getting there too.

      Thanks again for your comment Michelle! You have made a great opposing argument. Push pack any time. 😉

  4. Thanks for writing this, Ryan — as a guy with a 4 year old daughter too, I needed the reminder.

    So quick question: Are we doing enough to let kids know that they need to monitor and manage their screen time too? These are lessons that I think they’re going to need at least as much as we do.

    Check out NetSmart by Howard Rheingold. He makes many of the same points.

    Rock right on,

    • Thanks for the comment Bill. That’s a great question and one I think about a lot as my daughter gets older. How much time should parents allow their kids to be on devices throughout the day.

      Again, the word balance comes to mind. I want my daughter to be technologically savvy, but I also don’t want her plunked down in front of an Ipad all day long either. I guess it is like anything, moderation is the key…and involved parents!

      Thanks again Bill! Cheers.

  5. Great thoughts, it really got me thinking! Post #1 made me think of a family gathering that occurred a few years ago. My family went to Calgary to visit my extended family for Easter. When we arrived at my aunt’s house for dinner, there was a basket at the front door with a sign stating “a technology free zone, drop your electronics in the basket” (typed in cap lock!). My mom and aunt had taken notice of the number of technology devices that were constantly being used during family gatherings. This was their method of getting everyone to re-connect, face-to-face. Although their method was humorous because it was unexpected, it was actually shocking to see how many electronic devices were actually in the room. The basket was overflowing with phones, cameras, laptops, and iPods. There was some resistance to leaving the electronics in the basket, which I believe was derived from fear. Thoughts of, ‘what are we going to do together for hours?’ and ‘do we still have as much in common as we did growing up?’ went through everyone’s minds. This forced everyone to communicate and spend quality time together. Now when we have family gatherings, there is a basket at the door, without a sign. It is now an expectation that during family gatherings the importance is on the people in the room and not Facebook friends or Twitter followers.
    I was shocked to see the stats on Post #2. I definitely do not check my smart phone 110-150 times/day! As it is, I feel that I check my phone too often. During the day, on average, I will check my phone twice/hour. I will check it more often if I receive a text message or email, but I limit the Instagram and Facebook check-ins during the day. If I could trade in my smart phone for an ‘old school’ phone I would, because I’m feeling too connected and distracted, but unfortunately that not where technology is heading. Since enrolling in ECI 831, I feel I am using my smart phone more often, especially in the evenings, which I have mixed feelings about. Although I don’t fit into the smart phone statistic, I have to admit that I am checking my phone more than I would like (sigh).

    • Thanks for sharing Shaela! I love the story about your family and the basket for technology. Another thing that stood out to me was when you said that you are feeling “too connected”. I thought that was an interesting comment and was wondering if you could explain what you mean be that. The reason I ask is that some may argue that you can never be “too connected”, especially in the world of education, so I am interested to know what you mean by feeling “too connected”. I could take a guess as to what you mean but I would love to hear your explanation. Thanks again!

  6. Thanks for this great post Ryan. Yesterday I was picking my kids up from school but I was early so I started to pull out my phone. Someone in our class had posted an article called Sitting is the New Smoking ( and it made me think about how often I am on my phone. I made the effort to get out of the car and walk around to the school. I interacted with parents, teachers and other students..this face to face interaction was great and I was up and moving. It is sad that we have to make an effort to not look at our phones. On the other hand, I did have a great facetime chat with my sister last week while I waited for the my kids!

    • Thanks for the comment Shannon! Technology like smart phones can be such amazing tools and can do amazing things and I am really in awe of what an amazing technological age that we live in. But when we do put away our phones away for a moment and allow ourselves to interact with people face to face, it can be really great experience.

      The purpose of my posts was not to make people feel guilty about their cell phone use, but rather to just take a look at how they are interacting with people or not interacting with people. Some people already have a great balance, and some of us are still searching for that right balance.

      Thank you so much for sharing!

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