Americans check their phones too often

mobileThe latest statistics from the US indicate that more than half of people check their smartphone for mail and messages a few times an hour. Some are even waking up in the middle of the night to check them

The poll, gathered by Gallup, said that eleven percent of respondents said they check their smartphone every few minutes and 41 percent said they check a few times an hour.

Another 20 percent said they check about once an hour and 28 percent check less frequently.

The Gallup survey included responses online or through the mail from 15,747 US adults who own smartphones in all 50 states from April 17 to May 18. It had a one percent margin of error.

Young Americans checked their smartphones most frequently, Gallup said. Twenty-two percent of respondents from 18 to 29 said they checked their smartphones every few minutes, compared to three percent of people 65 or older, Gallup said.

More than four out of five owners, 81 percent, said they keep their smartphone nearby almost all the time while they are awake and 63 percent said they keep the phone near them while sleeping, Gallup said.

Gallup said the high numbers at night may be for people checking it before going to sleep and upon waking, or may reflect the phone’s use as an alarm clock. It could also because they are barking mad and want to make sure no one is trying to talk to them from the other side of the world.