Do you remember the days when mobile phones were used to make and receive phone calls? They have come a long way since then and our modern handsets do far more than just that. Not only are they our primary communication devices but smartphones are also displacing a number of other devices and doing far more than their predecessors ever did. A UK study by O2 has found that making phone calls is now only the fifth most popular use for smartphones.
The study found that the average smartphone owner uses their device more than two hours each day. Nearly 25 minutes of that is spent browsing the web. Social networking and listening to music take up another 17 and nearly 16 minutes respectively. Phone calls account for only about 12 minutes, good enough to be the fifth most popular activity.
“Smartphones are now being used like a digital ‘Swiss Army Knife’, replacing possessions like watches, cameras, books and even laptops,” said David Johnson, general manager of devices for O2 in the UK. “While we’re seeing no let-up in the number of calls customers make or the amount of time they spend speaking on their phones, their phone now plays a far greater role in all aspects of their lives.”
74% of respondents have used their smartphones as cameras, making it the most popular thing to use a smartphone for. Other popular uses include replacing an alarm clock (54%) or a watch (46%).
What are the top three activities you use your smartphone for?