Do You Eat and Sleep With Your Smartphone?

Can You Eat or Sleep Without Your Smartphone?

smartphoneWe all have become so dependent on our smartphones today that it makes me wonder – can we live without them for any length of time?

Must we always eat and sleep with them by our sides? If you eat with your mobile phone you could be eating a lot more than if you were fully concentrating on eating. Research has shown that smartphones can make us fatter.

And if you sleep with your smartphone you may not be getting a good night’s sleep unless you can leave it on silence mode. I’ve had many a night when buzzes and lights went off. Β You can set a timer for all your applications so they shut down while you sleep. You could also find an app to help you eat better, exercise or one that can put you off to sleep.

What & When Folks Are Doing With Mobile Devices Today

It is fascinating to see the data on what time mobile users are doing whatΒ with their smartphones. If your website targets a particular audience these stats may be good for you to know. That is assuming your website is mobile of course.

Do any of these times in the infographic below surprise you? The fitness category surprised me. I thought more folks exercised in the morning vs. 6 pm in the evening.

Are there any trends from the infographic here that you found unacceptable? I could not believe 9% would check their smartphone while on an interview. Really – during an interview? If I were interviewing that would be the end of that interview.

Younger people are also using smartphones at record pace today. Some parents have to take control of how their kids spend time on their smartphones.


Smartphone Trends

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What do you use your mobile phone for the most today?

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  • Hi Lisa,

    I am landing on you blog for the first time by searching a keyword sleep, I am surprised to see so many blog comments on this blog and those people well known to me, Like Harleena, Shamsudeen, Sudipto and rest of them also.

    I fall into this category, most of the time I am spending my time with my smartphone, my wife even irritates with my behaviour, which I have to change now, but getting rid of the phone is very difficult these day because you are able access everything through your phone.

    Thanks for sharing this insightful article, see you soon with another article.

    • Hi Siddaiah, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Nice to know. Oh yes, I don’t like in the middle of the night seeing light from a smartphone, a little harder to get back to sleep. We have become so addicted though! Thanks for coming by and enjoy your day!

  • Hohoho.. Thanks for approving my 1st comment, Lisa. I’ve subcribes to your rss feed via my rss apps. Your blog is awesome! πŸ˜‰

    ps. Sorry for my bad english :shy:

    • Hi Jimmy, I’m sure you are not the only one that does that. I do turn my sound way down at night and it’s nearby as well. They do make good alarms for the a.m. though. Welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Have a great day!

  • Lisa I don’t know why but I can’t stop laughing after seeing this infographic πŸ˜€ but one thing I would like to say that you must have done very hard work in finding out these stats and also according to me they are accurate. As always I enjoy reading articles on your blog..

    • Thank you Brijesh, Oh yes, I double check on that stats when I share an infographic. Do you eat or sleep with yours Brijesh?

  • Thanks Lisa. That infographic is really useful. Actually I find it so hard to believe that 9 people out of 100 check their mobile phones in an interview…..? I mean how unbelievable is that? I know that is not much larger percentage but it is still some percentage.

  • Lisa, smart phones are portable device and the handy nature of it is what makes people go virtually everywhere with it. For me my phones are by my side when I sleep. and I use it to browse on the go.

    At times they do interfere with my classes though I ensure they are on vibration

    Thanks for sharing as you’ve helped stimulate conversation.

    • Hi Peter. I have mine on all the time. Love it when I have to wait in line, etc. Kills the time and keeps me patient. Hope it doesn’t interfere with your classes too much.

  • Hey Lisa,
    I am totally agree with you that smartphones are becomes very important part of our life specially for me. I use my smartphone possibly everywhere like in class or while eating. The first thing I do after wake up in morning is to check my phone for any message. Thanks for sharing this post. I really enjoyed it while reading.

    • Hi Sudipto, does it interfere with your classes? I do while eating if I am eating alone. Thanks for coming by and you are welcome for the share. It is amazing to think how far we’ve come with these phones in a short period of time. Have a great day.

      • Hey Lisa,
        Yes, sometime it interfere in class but i cant imagine my life without smartphone.

  • Hi Lisa,

    Interesting statistics! We are almost in Mobile era πŸ˜‰ Aren’t we? I know you are fond of your mobile, but I’m fond of my computer though πŸ™‚

    Actually, my smartphone is being mostly used for gaming, take notes / to-dos and to try out new apps. As long as I’m in front of my PC, I don’t have to use my smartphone much. But if I go out, I do use to take snaps / videos, browse Internet, listen to music, read ebooks and sort of activities.

    Of course, I do have it nearby to answer calls and respond to text messages though. But still don’t have the feeling that I can’t live without my smartphone Lisa πŸ™‚ I know you can’t. Can you?

    Using mobile at interviews?! πŸ˜€ I can assure no job for those fellas in here though. Even mobile devices are prohibited in Schools here.

    My little brother is very fond of his smartphone and can’t find him without gazing at the screen πŸ˜€ Most of the time I peek in, he’s using Facebook. Other young folks I know mostly engaged in chat rooms. I can’t believe how many spend their days in ’em.

    Well, I keep mine away when I sleep though. I always felt it as a distraction when I keep it next to me πŸ™‚

    You have a lovely week there dear πŸ™‚ Send my love and wishes to your mom too!


    • Hi Mayura, I’m thinking we are there now. YOu are right about that – I really can’t live without mine Mayura. It drives me nuts if something is wrong with my phone and they have to send me a new one to be without for 24 hours. That sure does test me πŸ™‚ I wish they had a spare for insurance you know? Oh yes, having them in school can be a distraction. If I’m in a meeting I silence mine and do not check note notifications unless it’s dad calling me. I do keep mine nearby during sleep but volume is way down. It hasn’t awoken me in a long time. Thanks for the well wishes for mom too, have a great rest of the week there too Mayura. It must quite warm there now!

  • Hello Lisa,

    I am guilty of these – and I confess! Blogging is my second nature now and I cannot imagine a full hour without either my phone or the iPad. Though I know its not the best, I ensure that the pad is always under my pillow even when I sleep!

    However, using a smartphone during an interview or in church is plain stupid at best! Now, that is one thing I will never afford to do!

    That infographic was really revealing…do people use their smart phones even when they poo? Now, that’s crazy!

    Do have a very great day, Lisa.


    • Hi Akaahan, wow, even your iPad undear the pillow – that’s the first time I’ve heard that one. Oh yes, church is another place that a smartphone should not be used too. It appears people really do, before they used to read a book or newspaper right? Thanks for coming by and commenting, I hope you are having a great weekend Akaahan!

  • Smartphone has become a very useful part of our everyday lives. I wake up in the morning the first thing i do is check my smartphone, every few mins i check for notifications on my phone.

    I bet i am not the only one with such behaviours, a lot of young people fall into this category and can’t live without their smartphone. I bet some sleep with their smartphone in their hands.

    • Nwosu, me too, I use it as a flashlight. I bet many do that – sleep with their phones in hand. I hope the studies that showed possibe cancer link are wrong. I don’t think any studies have been proven yet. Thanks for coming by and have yourself a great day Nwosu.

  • Awesome infographic, Lisa πŸ™‚

    I think I need to give it a second (or even a third) look…absorb the data.

    But, on the whole, it was not surprising…Mobile phones are still on the rise and people are becoming more and more impatient (The surprising part for me was that 70% of the users are using it while eating; they probably shouldn’t do that…takes the joy out of eating!).

    I am a fairly new smartphone user (not a fan..but I had to get one because of the family plan). I do use it – mainly for keeping up with Twitter (it’s easy to just take 2 mins and reply to the tweets) and to play games (I know, this one is tough…it could be a big distraction, so I only downloaded one game. I have decided that If I wanted to play something else, I have to remove – or stop playing – the current game, which isn’t great, considering that I have invested so much ‘effort’ into it!).

    Anyways, thank you for sharing this, Lisa πŸ™‚

    Btw, you might want to check the comment luv; thought it was just a problem on my end…Just noticed that lot of other folks are having the same problem.

    • Hi Jeevan, well if you are eating alone I can understand that and I bet more folks are today with their busy schedules,etc. (Would like to see that data too) I love Twitter on my phone as wel as Facebook and Pinterest. I haven’t gotten into games yet. What is the problem with CommentLuv Jeevan? Thanks for heads up. I know I have to approve them first – anything else? Have a great Wednesday!

  • Very interesting graphic Lisa
    Mobile is growing and changing at an astonishing rate and it is great to see what is really going on.
    I take mobile very seriously, with my traffic around 10-20%
    With my new site I tested it on loads of resolutions and confirmed that the major phones are ok.
    Have a great week

    • Hi Ashley, thanks for reminding me to check mine again on mobile stats. That is interesting. I’m sure it will only increase as time goes on. Thanks for coming by Ashley and have a great rest of the week.

  • Hello Lisa,

    I use a laptop more than anything because for me it’s better for me blogging. I like the screen to be a certain size. I don’t know maybe that’s just me but I know a lot of people who can’t live without their smart phones. I have a friend who uses her for everything. She says she loves gadgets. She knows all the ins and outs of the smart phone. I do think they are nice to have though. It’s cool that the phone can do everything the computer can. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    • Hi Maketta, I use laptop for blogging too, I once used cellphone and it posted it instead of becoming a draft, not good! I still can’t live without mine for many reasons – I use many apps and keep in touch with peope that way. It’s like a lifeline. You are welcome and have a great day Maketta.

  • Fun post! I do use my cell phone way more than I should, though I draw the line at bedtime and dinner time with the family. We now have a “no-tech-rule” at the dinner table otherwise I’d lose the teen for sure! And I am already a light sleeper so having that phone anywhere in my room, even in silent mode, not good. Now other meals, ok, I admit, I have my cell phone right with me!
    Have a great week Lisa.

    • Hi Carol – thank you πŸ™‚ That’s nice to have that rule with teens – I don’t use it unless I’m eating alone. Me too, I try to keep it silenced while I sleep. Thanks for coming by Caro and enjoy the rest of your week!

  • Tell you the truth I don’t own a smartphone or dumb phone or whatever we call them. I have a good old landline though. I don’t know why, but I just don’t need one. My goal is not to get one until I am at least 50, but I am shooting for never. I see people so tuned into them that they don’t even know what is going on around them. I guess they annoy me a little more than the average person, and I keep telling myself I don’t want to be one of those people. One of these days I may get one though who knows.

    About the web pages loading in 5 seconds compared to 8 seconds a year ago, I would have almost guessed that pages get larger in size each year resulting in a little slower load time. Seems like we keep adding higher quality images, more plugins, code, and other features that would slow things down slightly. Maybe the average internet connection is getting faster or something.

    • Wow Ray what a surprise! You are probably not alone, they are a few others like you. Mot many though.I think the connections are getting faster and not the blogs themselves, good point. Love to know when you finally get that smartphone. Have a great day and week ahead Ray.

  • I do just about all my Etsy work on my smartphone. I take all the photos, edit if needed and then upload them to Etsy. The only reason I use my laptop is to write out the info about each item as I hate typing on a phone. I never play games (ok, I do play Dots) but I text, Tweet , FB, Pinterest and Instagram from my phone. THE most important reason for my phone, however, is my music…I cannot be without it!

    • Hi Katy, Welcome to Inspire to Thrive! interesting about using it for Etsy. What do you sell on there? Do you use Pandora or another app for your music? Mine eats up battery too much – I am just looking into a new phone as I believe I have a free upgrade, it must be the best on battery juice! My chargers died this a.m. and I’m hyperventilating as the stores don’t open for another 4 hours….Sad, isn’t It? I hope you have a nice day there Katy.

  • I went to a sim only contract just recently and restricted how much I use the phone outside of where my wifi is – much cheaper!

    I don’t tend to have my mobile around me whilst eating and it’s plugged in and on silent when I’m asleep.

    My wife has 2 mobiles, one for work and one for personal stuff. They’re always around and on!

    The person who gets the most benefit from my mobile at the moment is my son.

    He’s an angry birds addict!

    I will admit using my phone whilst on the toilet though – not good as it makes you stay longer!

    • Tim what is a sim only contract? Interesting. I’m hyperventating this a.m. as all my charges died and the stores don’t open for 4 hours. Sad isn’t it? That must be hard for your wife to have 2 smartphones to manage! I used to years ago but things were much simplier then, no social networks,etc. Too funny about your son, can he play that on computer too? That may be a good thing staying there longer. Thanks for admitting that one to us Tim. I hope you have a great new week!

      • I didn’t upgrade my phone Lisa when it came to upgrade time so I was transferred to a sim only contract.

        It just means you’re only paying for calls and data and not the cost of the phone as well – just the sim card I guess.

        I went from paying Β£40 pm to Β£11 pm.

        My son loves to play all the games on on the computer. I sometimes let him play Angry Birds as well though!

  • Thanks for bringing up this crazy issue, Lisa.

    First, I eat, sleep, run, walk, dance, exercise with my phone in my pocket. Am beginning to think if its becoming an addict or what. I can’t just do without checking something on it.
    When watching Tv, I still get a reason to check for something. You can’t believe am typing this comment with it (smartphone).

    I blog with it – moderate comments, write post, update plugins, add new ones, in fact the only thing I don’t do with my smartphone on my blog is hitting the publish button. I like to preview the post on PC before I hit publish.

    But I don’t like it this way, being addicted to smartphone could make one lonely and take away happiness. I tried hard sometimes to do without it but it never worked out. I had to take up a local driver work recently to find time completely away from the internet. This thing is really become a plague.

    I love this discussion, thanks for sharing and oh! I saw it while I was leaving comments on Harleena’s blog post. I followed your link from there down here.
    Have a nice day.

  • Hey Lisa!

    Very interesting stats there! I used to be very bad with my phone. It goes everywhere with me. That was up until several months ago when I made a rule about leaving it alone. I’ve cut back in the mornings having it with me while I’m getting ready for work, no more while the hubs and I are eating, no more while the hubs and I are out driving around (maybe a few peeks), and I try to put it away by 7 pm every night when I shut down from the internet. I do sleep with the phone by my bed, because we don’t have a landline phone anymore. I cover it up so when I get notifications so the lights don’t bug me.

    I’ve found since I quit being so obsessive about being in touch 24/7 with my social networks, that I’m a much happier person, believe it or not. I’m living life a bit more and enjoying the finer things other than social media. Crazy how addicting our phones are for keeping us in touch with our internet world and friends. I’m working on trying to knock out some more time with my phone as my job is getting busier now due to staffing changes. I’ll miss it to an extent I’m sure.

    Interesting post Lisa. I look forward to reading the comments others will share.

    • Thanks Bren. I try to cut back when I’m drying my hair so I can look a little more decent leaving in the morning πŸ™‚ Now if I could figure out how to dry hair and brush teeth at the same time….I cover mine too at night, I like to sleep in complete darkness. I leave it nearby between kids and parents I never know what may be needed. Me too, I’m not on as much late since I spend more time out with friends and such since the divorce – much happier. Me too – I think the comments really vary on this one. Enjoy your Sunday Bren! Thanks for coming by and for your input too on this one.

  • Hi, Lisa! πŸ™‚

    Great post! I use my smart phone mostly to check email on the fly, and second mostly to check Facebook – both my page and personal timeline.

    My cell phone eats breakfast and lunch with me, usually, because it’s next to my laptop, at which I’m sitting. (Here’s me admitting that I know it’s a really bad idea to eat while computing. I’m sort of working on it, half-heartedly, because if I’m going to read blogs, it’s probably going to be at lunch, and I tend to empty my inbox during breakfast before I switch over to school work.)

    -It *does not* eat dinner with me, ever, and it does not get table time when I’m out to eat at any meal, or at friends’ or family’s houses (unless someone wants a Tarot card reading; there’s an app for that!).
    -When I go to the movies, I either turn off audible notifications, or I shut down the phone completely. In either case, it goes into time-out mode in my purse.
    -In the evening, if I’m going to watch some TV, it goes on my desk, in my bedroom. I might check it at some point, just to make sure I haven’t missed a phone call, but otherwise it’s out of sight and out of mind.

    • Hi Ellen, wow, you use yours quite a bit too πŸ™‚ I do love it at lunch if I’m on the road and stop somewhere for a bite, keeps me company. Mine is usually around at breakfast too but not dinner. I try to draw the line there. Now an app for a tarot reading, really? That sounds interesting Ellen. Have you done a post on that? I’m the same way at movies, reminds me I haven’t been in quite some time, too busy on painting project at home and with mom. I keep mine handy at bedtime but shut noise off. I use it for flashlight too when I awake. Amazing how we’ve become so attached Ellen. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  • Hey Lisa,

    Very interesting stats! Although I do have a smartphone and find it very useful, particularly when I’m bored on the train, I don’t understand how people can be so absorbed in their phones that they walk into other people on the street. I seem to recall watching a video of a girl who was using her smartphone and managed to walk into a water fountain! I’m sure there are other similar videos out there.

    • Hi Ben, I’m with you on that, whether waiting in line at a store or a doctors appointment it sure is handy to have. I know, I’ve seen similiar ones. I almost had it happen to me once so I’m more careful now as I almost walked off a sidewalk and almost took a dive. Thanks for coming by Ben and have a great Sunday.

  • Wow! compelling stats! Smart Phone at the interview? No Way, I’d say that it’s the worst mistake any guy would do! Although when it comes to eating and sleeping my smart phone is with me! Even it stays with me for the whole day! And it’s a fact that smart phones is getting more and more popular and they have reached great extent.

  • Hi Lisa,
    48% on the toilet? Really? Okay, as long as your not using Facetime, Skype or a similar video conferencing platform. 😳
    I don’t eat or sleep with the iPhone. I don’t find it that romantic πŸ˜•

    I shut if off altogether while sleeping because even in silent mode the vibration is loud.

    Have a nice weekend!

    • Lol Bill, I hadn’t thought of those apps being used on the toilet. I do keep my phone on between elderly parents and children. It’s rarely awoken me. I love using it as a flashlight when I awake middle of night to use bathroom or grab a glass of water. Thanks for your comment Bill and have a wonderful weekend.

  • These are indeed amazing facts. Let me be honest here, I just had a smartphone. I was still locked up in the old Nokia which has a Torchlight. Better described as Nokia Torch light phone.

    Ever since I got a Windows phone, I can clearly confide in you that I sleep with my phone as well.

    • Emmanuel, do you have your updates still going off while you sleep? Do they awake you? I keep my phone on between my kids and elderly parents. Thanks for your confession and for coming by. Have a great weekend.

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  • Hi Lisa,

    Amazing stats! I sure am glad that I don’t fall in these categories at all πŸ™‚

    I guess I am hardly the kind to eat and sleep with a smartphone, but I’d say I do that with my laptop instead, something I need to change. But yes, my kids fall into this category, and unless we put time restriction on them, it becomes tough to manage the time they spend on it.

    I agree about the speed getting better each year, and social media is literally come all into the smartphones now, thus even my kids hardly use their computer any longer, unless somethings to be printed!

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend πŸ™‚

    • Hi Harleena, Oh yes the kids are really glued to those smartphones. The only way to reach mine is through texting. Interesting that they don’t use computers anymore. I wonder how PC’sS will fair in the upcoming years Harleena. Thanks for your input and I’m with you on spending less time offline as we are so active online. I hope you have a great weekend and a little time offline as well πŸ™‚

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