We all love it. The bright screen. That update bell notification. It's intoxicating. And, it's highly addicting. For context, let's look at the following:
The world's population is roughly 7.7 billion
The internet has about 4.4 billion users
There are roughly 3.5 billion active social media users
On average, people have 7 and a half social media accounts
The average daily time spent on social is 140 minutes a day
92% of retail brands use 2 or more social media channels
80% of all small and medium businesses use some kind of social platform
Social media users grew by 201 million between March 2018 and April 2019
That works out at a new social media user every 6.4 seconds.
Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp handle 60 billion messages a day
Check out this graph from Brandwatch.com
On the record, there are an estimated 210 million people who suffer from social media addictions worldwide and this number will only increase as our dependency on technology, the cellphone in particular, grows. One might ask, "How bad is this, really?" However, when we consider that people, teens primarily, who spend at least five hours on their phone a day are two times more likely to show signs of depression. In this group, young, single females are the most addicted.
We're Sleep Deprived
47 million Americans do not get the recommended amount of sleep per night, with teens being 55% higher in this study (that's a 55% increase from 1997 to 2015). It is said that 10-15% of teens check their phones 10 times a night, and 45% of people in general check their social media when they should be sleeping. There's no wonder, then, that a USA Today study found there to be a 386.5% spiked increase in midlife mortality.
Deadly Driving Habits
50% of Americans use their cellphones (not so smart) for social media while driving. 90% of those who do drive admit to using the phone while driving (I've seen cops doing it too). The CDC reports that 9 people are killed a day due to these numbers and more than 1,000 people injured because they were swiping left.
If these numbers weren't scary enough, check out this awesome infograph for more: