Average Britons Spends Almost 34 Entire Days on Mobile Phone per Year

Research by a leading mobile phone insurance website in the UK has revealed that the average Briton spends almost 23 entire days per year just on their mobile phone, whether that’s making calls, sending text messages, using apps, browsing the net or using another feature on their handset.

The average Briton may spend longer than they think on their phones each day, as research by a mobile phone insurance website has revealed that the average handset owner spends almost 23 whole days every year using their phone; either sending text messages, looking online, using apps or using some other function on their handset.

www.MobileInsurance.co.uk carried out the research as part of an ongoing study into the mobile phone usage of UK adults. 2,314 mobile phone owners aged 18 or over from around the UK took part in the poll and answered questions surrounding what they tended to use their handsets for the most and how long they spent on them each day.

When asked to estimate how much time, approximately, they spent using their mobile phone each day (taking everything into account from calls and texts, to email use and taking pictures), the average answer given was ‘1.5 hours’ or 90 minutes.

When looking at how much time that would amount to over the course of a year, that would mean that the average phone owner in Britons spends 32,850 minutes using their mobile phone; or 22.8 days annually. With the average adult lifetime currently at 62 years from the age of 18, taking life expectancy into account, that means that Britons spend 1,414 days (3.9 years) in their entire life using their mobiles.

Despite spending so much time with their handsets, 79% of the total respondents admitted that they didn’t currently insure their mobile phone. Furthermore, 86% felt they ‘couldn’t live without’ their mobile phone.

All respondents were asked what they used their mobile phone for the most, to which the answers were as follows:

  • Browsing the internet – 24%
  • Sending texts -21%
  • Making phone calls – 17%
  • Using apps – 15%
  • Emails – 13%
  • Taking pictures – 6%
  • Other – 4%


Jason Brockman, Director of MobileInsurance.co.uk, said the following:

“I was amazed to see how much we use our mobile phones over the course of a year and even our whole adult lifetime. To see that we text, call, browse the net, use apps, take pictures and more for almost 4 years in our lifetime is astounding.

“We are clearly a nation of mobile phone addicts, which is why it’s so surprising that so many still fail to insure their handsets. If you think you can’t live without it, make sure it’s protected!”

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Full Survey Results:

Poll: 2,314 mobile phone owners aged 18 or over from around the UK

1. How much, approximately, would you say that you spend using your mobile phone each day? Please take into account making calls, sending texts, using the internet/apps, taking pictures on your phone and any other features the handset offers that you might use.

Average answer – 1.5 hours

(90 minutes x 365 days a year = 32,850 minutes or 547.5 hours or 22.8 days a year)

2. What do you use your phone for most?

Browsing the internet – 24%

  • Sending texts -21%
  • Making phone calls – 17%
  • Using apps – 15%
  • Emails – 13%
  • Taking pictures – 6%
  • Other – 4%


3. Do you think you could live without your mobile phone?

Yes – 14%
No – 86%

4. Is your phone insured?

Yes – 21%
No – 79%

5. Has how much time you spend on your mobile phone ever caused an argument (either with a partner, friend, family member or at work)?

Yes – 47%
No – 53%

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