By SWNS Staff


The average U.S. adult will spend the equivalent of 44 YEARS of their lives staring at screens.

Research polling 2,000 adults in the U.S. found more than 6,259 hours a year are spent glued to gadgets such as phones, laptops and televisions.

Which equates to an astonishing 382,652 hours and 48 minutes over the average adult lifetime of 60.7 years.

Up to four and a half hours a day will be spent looking at TV screens, with almost five hours staring at laptops, and three hours and 12 minutes using gaming devices. 

Smartphones also take up an astonishing 4 hours and 33 minutes of an adult’s daily screen time. 

But while citizens are spending more than 17 hours a day on screens during normal life, this figure has increased dramatically since lockdown – with folks spending an additional two hours glued to their gadgets to stave off boredom.

Indeed more than three-quarters of adults admit they would have been lost without their screens with social distancing measures in place.

Benjamin Dumaine, Optician and Head of Business Development for Vision Direct which commissioned the study, said: “We’re lucky to have devices that connect us with the outside world.

“A similar pandemic taking place 30 or 40 years ago would have been people coping with the lack of contact in very different ways.

“However, it’s important to be aware of what excess screen time can do in terms of your eye health and keep on top of overdoing it when it comes to screens.

“We’d suggest making the most of medical professionals advice to exercise, to help give that essential screen break.”

But despite the time spend on devices, people believe less than half the time they spend on these devices is ‘productive’.

And for those adults currently working from home, one quarter feel less productive than ever before due to the easy access they have to their gadgets.

More than half of those at home often take breaks from work to go on Facebook, while 42 percent find themselves watching YouTube videos and four in 10 like to browse Twitter.

LinkedIn and Instagram are also getting more views than usual at this time, according to the OnePoll data.

It takes less than 10 minutes for the average adult to look at a screen after waking up each day – with six in 10 taking a glance within five minutes.

Social media is most likely to be the first thing checked – with 38 percent of adults claiming this is what most of their screen time is dedicated to.

While 37 percent frequently watch TV, 29 percent are on screen for work, and 23 percent consult their phone or laptop when they want to do a bit of shopping.

Worryingly, seven in 10 adults say their eyes can feel strained from looking at screens too much.

And yet, four in 10 rarely remember to rest their eyes hourly – while 20 percent NEVER take a break.

As well as the physical impact of significant screen time, the research found it can have an effect on relationships and family time.

Six in 10 adults in relationships have had an argument with their partner over the amount of time they spend staring at screens.

Almost half of parents think their kids spend too long glued to their gaming devices or phones, and 41 percent find it challenging to manage how much screen time they get.

A further 21 percent feel guilty about how much time their offspring spend looking at TVs or computers.

But 75 percent feel hypocritical for telling their kids off about screen time when the adults in the house are just as guilty.

Benjamin Dumaine added: “There are positives and negatives with screen time, but as long as people are mindful of when to limit use, there doesn’t need to be any long term damage.

“Screens play a very valuable part in our lives, now so more than ever, but if people follow our guidelines they can maintain good eye health.”

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Phone: 4 hrs 33 mins
Laptop: 4 hrs 54 mins
TV: 4 hrs 30 mins
Gaming device: 3 hrs 12 mins 1,168 hrs
TOTAL: 17 hrs 9 min


Phone: 1,660 hrs 45 mins
Laptop: 1,788 hrs 30 mins
TV: 1,642 hrs 30 mins
Gaming device: 1,168 hrs
TOTAL: 6,259 hrs 45 mins

* FORMULA: Over an average adult lifetime of 60.7 years (18-78.7) = 382,652 hours and 48 mins.  That equates to around 15,944 DAYS or 43.7 YEARS 



Phone: 5 hrs 2 mins
Laptop: 5 hrs 10 mins
TV: 5 hrs 9 mins
Gaming device: 3hrs 45 mins
TOTAL: 19 hrs 6 mins


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