How much do we use our phones?
Mobile phone users are a pretty varied
bunch, so any research that tries to come up with an
"average" amount that we use our mobile phones
may not give the whole picture.
Nonetheless, research sponsored by CPP
has attempted to put a figure on it. and they think
that the average UK mobile phone owner will make 88,518
calls during their working life for a total of 7,203
hours (or about 10 months).
Of course, putting a "lifetime
figure" on it is a bit silly - after all, mobile
phones have only really been popular for the past 10
years or so and who knows how we'll be communicating
in 2057.. but it does indicate that the average person
spends six days a year nattering away on their phone.
Bear in mind that this is the average figure
and there are people who have a phone that they hardly
ever use for voice, so some people much essentially
have a mobile grafted onto their heads.
The research goes on to say that the
longest average call is 48 minutes (mostly to our partners),
phones will typically have more than 40 contacts but
only 12 of them will be used regularly, women tend to
talk longer than men, 68% of people will make excuses
to get another caller of the line and more bizarrely
one quarter of UK subscribers have answered the phone
while in the toilet. Most worringly of all, 3% claim
to have answered the phone while having sex.. one wonders
how that conversation went.
The research doesn't take into account
how much we use phones for non-voice activities. After
all, devices such as the Nokia
N95 come with everything except the kitchen sink
and demonstrate that there is a whole class of mobile
user who may be more interested in features such as
internet access, email, music and satellite navigation
rather than actually talking to people.
sell mobile phone insurance.. but to be fair it is a
timely reminder about how much these devices mean to
use and they do usefully point out that a replacement
handset can cost around £250 if lost.. although
if you're one of the aforementioned 3% you can probably
assume that your partnet has flushed your mobile phone
down the toilet in a huff.