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33+ Screen Time Statistics: US vs. World & What is Healthy (2023)

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Screens are everywhere, and people already spend an average of 6 hours and 49 minutes looking at them daily.

Do you know what country has the highest daily screen time? More on that later. The answer will shock you.

Discover in-depth statistics on:

  • What country has the highest screen time, and which one the lowest
  • How much time do we spend watching TV, smartphones, or computers
  • How did the pandemic influence screen time in adults and children

Do you know what is the recommended healthy screen time? The number is pretty low. See below.

Woman on a laptop

Average screen time

Average American screen time

Average screen time by country

How much screen time is too much?

Average screen time by age

Pandemic’s impact on screen time

Average mobile screen time

Average computer screen time

Average social media screen time

Eye-Opening Screen Time Statistics

  • Average worldwide screen time is 6 hours and 49 minutes, whereas the average American’s screen time clocks at 7 hours and 7 minutes.
  • 85% of Americans go online every day, with 31% of them being online constantly.
  • South Africans have the highest screen time at 10 hours and 4 minutes per day, whereas Japan has the lowest at 3 hours and 57 minutes.
  • On average, females have higher screen time except in the 35-44 age group, where males overtake them.
  • During the pandemic, the average screen time in primary-aged children rose by an additional 1.39 hours per day.
  • Brazil has the highest phone screen time in the world at 5 hours and 26 minutes per day, whereas China has the lowest at 3 hours and 10 minutes.
  • On average, Americans check their phones every 4 minutes.
  • Philippians spend the most time on social media, averaging 3 hours and 52 minutes per day, whereas the Japanese only spend 47 minutes.

What’s the average screen time?

  • People’s average internet screen time is 6 hours and 49 minutes daily.
Average global screen time is 6 hours and 49 minutes per day

Screen time vastly changes in different countries.

Source: DataReportal (links to sources at bottom)

What’s the average American screen time?

  • An average American spends 7 hours and 7 minutes looking at the screen in 2022.
Average daily screen time in the US

Here’s the table of average screen time in the US:

YearAverage American
screen time
20227h 7min
20217h 11min
20207h 18min
20197h 18min
20187h 19min
20177h 21min
20167h 13min
20156h 59min
20146h 52min
(Statista, eMarketer)
  • Screen time among US people is getting higher on mobile devices and lower on TV.
Average daily screen time in the US

Here’s a table of US screen time by device, mobile vs. TV:

YearScreen time
on mobile
Screen time
on TV
20203h 49min3h 29min
20193h 43min3h 35min
20183h 44min3h 35min
20173h 25min3h 56min
20163h 8min4h 5min
20152h 49min4h 10min
20142h 32min4h 20min
  • 85% of US adults go online every day.

31% are online almost constantly, whereas 48% go online only several times per day.

Here’s how often US adults go online:

How frequently
US adults go online
Percentage of
US adults
Almost always online31%
Several times per day48%
Once per day6%
Several times per week4%
Less often4%

Related: Patreon statistics

  • On average, US teenagers spend 7.5 hours in front of the screen daily.

Source: CDC

What’s the average screen time by country?

  • South Africa led the world with 10 hours and 4 minutes of screen time in July 2022.

On the other hand, in Japan, an average person spends only 4 hours and 3 minutes of daily screen time.

CountryAverage screen time
South Africa10h 4min
Philippines9h 58min
Brazil9h 42min
Colombia9h 28min
Argentina9h 23min
Mexico8h 40min
Thailand8h 37min
Malaysia8h 36min
UAE8h 21min
Egypt8h 10min
Russia8h 1min
Portugal7h 50min
Israel7h 49min
Indonesia7h 48min
Saudi Arabia7h 45min
Turkey7h 45min
Singapore7h 34min
Taiwan7h 25min
Hong Kong7h 12min
Romania7h 12min
USA7h 7min
Canada6h 54min
India6h 50min
Poland6h 42min
Vietnam6h 42min
New Zealand6h 24min
Ireland6h 21min
UK6h 16min
Greece6h 16min
Sweden6h 12min
Australia6h 11min
Italy6h 9min
Czechia6h 6min
Spain6h 5min
Switzerland5h 56min
Austria5h 55min
Belgium5h 47min
Netherlands5h 39min
Germany5h 32min
South Korea5h 31min
France5h 30min
Denmark5h 28min
China5h 28min
Japan3h 57min

What country has the highest screen time?

  • South Africa holds first place in screen time, clocking at 10 hours and 4 minutes per day.

The Philippines closely follows it with 9 hours and 58 minutes of daily screen time.

Source: DataReportal

How much screen time is too much?

  • The recommended screen time worldwide is 2 hours a day for adults and children.
The recommended screen time is 2 hours per day

And kids under the age of 2 should have no screen time at all.

Sources: NIH, AAP

What are the most common consequences of too much screen time?

Too much screen time may lead to:

  • Lower grades in school
  • Reading fewer books
  • Less time with family and friends
  • Not enough outdoor or physical activity
  • Weight issues
  • Poorer self-control and emotional stability
  • Mood swings
  • Poor self-esteem and body image
  • Less time learning other ways to relax and have fun

Sources: AACAP, ScienceDirect

  • 32% of people state their behavior is influenced by the screen time they get.

However, the highest percentage of people still claim screen time doesn’t affect them.

Behavior is influenced
by screen time
Behavior is maybe
influenced by screen time
Behavior is NOT
influenced by screen time
  • 14- to 17-year-olds with more than 7-hour screen time are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression or anxiety. 

Or have already been treated by a mental health professional.

Source: ScienceDirect

What’s the average screen time by age?

Here’s the average screen time by age and gender in 2022:

Age groupAvg. female
screen time
Avg. male
screen time
16-247h 54min7h 19min
25-347h 13min7h 2min
35-446h 32min6h 38min
45-546h 7min6h 3min
55-645h 45min5h 26min

Internet screen time growth

Internet screen time growth over time.

Internet screen time growth

A table of internet screen time growth by quarters:

Time periodScreen time growth
in that time period
Q4 2021 – Q1 2022-1%
Q3 2021 – Q4 2021-1%
Q3 2020 – Q3 2021+1%
Q3 2019 – Q3 2020+4%
Q3 2018 – Q3 2019-2.5%
Q3 2017 – Q3 2018+0.5%
Q3 2016 – Q3 2017+4.4%
Q3 2015 – Q3 2016+2.4%
Q3 2014 – Q3 2015-0.8%
Q3 2013 – Q3 2014+3.8%
(DataReportal) (DataReportal 2)

Read more about average internet usage here.

What age groups spend the most time in front of the screen?

  • Youngsters (ages 16-24) spend the most time on the internet in 2022.

An average user in that group clocks 7 hours and 36 minutes per day.

With age, internet time slowly declines.

Source: DataReportal

  • Elderly above 60 years are spending more time in front of the screens than 10 years ago.

At the beginning of the century, only 14% of the elderly were internet users. Now there are more than 75%, which shows why they spend more time online.

Also, more than 61% of the elderly are already smartphone users.

Sources: PEW 2, PEW 3, PEW 4

How did the pandemic impact screen time?

  • During the pandemic, screen time has largely increased in primary-aged children, up to 1.39 hours on average.

Next were adults with a 0.96-hour increase.

Screen time increase during the pandemic

Table of screen time increase during pandemic:

Age groupScreen time increase
during pandemic
Leisure screen time
increase during pandemic
Adults+0.96 hours+0.72 hours
Adolescents +0.91 hours+0.48 hours
Primary-aged children+1.39 hours+1.04 hours
Young children+0.59 hours+0.61 hours
(The Lancet)
  • 51% of adults spend more time in front of the screens during the pandemic, while 7% reported a decrease.
Age groupReported
No changeDecrease
(The Lancet)
  • Screen time has increased worldwide during the pandemic by 12 minutes on average.
CountryScreen time
in January 2020
Screen time
in October 2020
Philippines9h 45min10h 2min+17min
South Africa9h 22min9h 39min+17min
Brazil9h 17min9h 34min+17min
Colombia9h 10min9h 26min+16min
Thailand9h 1min9h 17min+16min
Argentina8h 47min9h 3min+16min
Mexico8h 21min8h 36min+15min
Indonesia7h 59min8h 13min+14min
Malaysia7h 57min8h 11min+14min
Taiwan7h 57min8h 11min+14min
UK5h 28min5h 38min+10min
Switzerland5h 27min5h 37min+10min
Austria5h 25min5h 35min+10min
South Korea5h 22min5h 32min+10min
Belgium5h 9min5h 18min+9min
France5h 8min5h 17min+9min
Denmark5h 7min5h 16min+9min
Germany4h 52min5h 1min+9min
Netherlands4h 37min4h 45min+8min
Japan4h 22min4h 30min+8min
  • Around 76% of people between 16 and 24 increased their mobile usage during the pandemic.

Laptop usage increased by 45%, watching TV by 34%, and tablet time by 22%.

Source: Lenstore

  • The share of children that spent more than 6-7 hours in front of the screen increased by 13% during lockdowns.
Children's screen time before & during pandemic

Table of children’s daily screen time before & during pandemic:

Daily children’s
screen time
0-1 hours16%12%
2-3 hours44%19%
4-5 hours23%28%
6-7 hours7%20%
8-9 hours4%11%
9+ hours6%11%
(Statista 2) (Statista 3)

How did the pandemic impact screen time for kids and teenagers?

  • Gadget usage among children between the ages of 5 to 10 has increased by 27% during the pandemic.

Overall, the usage of electronics has increased by 23% among children aged 0-17.

Gadget usage before & during pandemic

Table of gadget usage before & during pandemic by age group:

Age groupGadget usage
before pandemic
Gadget usage
during pandemic
0-4 years13%26%
5-10 years17%44%
11-13 years23%47%
14-17 years32%62%
(eMarketer 2)

Average mobile/phone screen time in the US?

  • On average, people spend 4 hours and 48 minutes using smartphones in 2022.
YearAverage daily
mobile screen time
20224h 48min
20214h 10min
20203h 40min
(DataReportal 3)

Average phone screen time by country

  • Brazilians use their mobile phones the most, clocking at 5 hours and 26 minutes daily.

Closely followed by Indonesians at 5 hours and 25 minutes.

CountryAverage mobile
screen time
Brazil5h 26min
Indonesia5h 25min
South Korea4h 59min
Mexico4h 49min
India4h 44min
Japan4h 34min
Singapore4h 27min
Turkey4h 24min
Canada4h 22min
USA4h 9min
Russia4h 8min
UK3h 59min
Australia3h 53min
Argentina3h 37min
France3h 33min
Germany3h 22min
China3h 10min
Worldwide4h 48min
(DataReportal 2)

How often do people check their phones?

  • In the US, people check their phones every 4 minutes.

That’s 344 times a day or 2,408 times a week.

Source: Reviews

  • Nearly 71% of Americans check their phone in the span of 10 minutes after waking up.

48% of people feel anxiety when their phone’s battery drops below 20%, while 74% of Americans don’t feel well leaving their phones at home.

  • 35% of people look at their phones while driving
  • 43% of people look at their phones during romantic dates

Source: Reviews

Average computer screen time in the US

  • Americans spend 3 hours and 34 minutes daily browsing the web on a computer in 2022.
Average computer screen time in the US

Here’s the table of how much an average person spend in front of computer screens in the US:

YearAverage computer
screen time
20223h 34min
20213h 58min
20194h 7min
(DataReportal 3)

Average worldwide computer screen time

  • On average, people worldwide spend 42 minutes per day on computers.
YearAverage computer
screen time worldwide
(Statista 4)

Average social media screen time in the US?

  • Americans spend 2 hours and 14 minutes browsing social media daily in 2022.

Worldwide, the number is slightly higher at 2 hours and 27 minutes per day.

Average social media screen time in the US vs. global

Here’s a table of the average social media screen time in the US vs. global:

YearSocial media
screen time in the US
Social media
screen time worldwide
20222h 14min2h 27min
20212h 7min2h 25min
20202h 3min2h 24min
20192h 4min2h 16min
(DataReportal 3)
  • Americans spend the most time checking Facebook.

They check Instagram almost half as much.

Daily usage
in minutes
(eMarketer 3)

Read more on social media addiction here.

Average social media screen time by country?

  • Philippinians spend the most time on social media apps, whereas Japanese spend the least.
CountryAvg. social media
screen time
Philippines3h 52min
Brazil3h 49min
Kenya3h 47min
South Africa3h 45min
Colombia3h 44min
Nigeria3h 38min
Morocco3h 34min
Mexico3h 25min
Argentina3h 21min
Indonesia3h 16min
UAE3h 11min
Saudi Arabia3h 10min
Ghana3h 5min
Turkey3h 3min
Egypt2h 57min
Malaysia2h 55min
Thailand2h 51min
India2h 38min
Portugal2h 32min
Romania2h 32min
Vietnam2h 31min
Russia2h 24min
Singapore2h 17min
USA2h 13min
Hong Kong2h 4min
Australia2h 2min
Greece2h 2min
China2h 1min
Canada1h 59min
Ireland1h 59min
Poland1h 59min
Taiwan1h 58min
New Zealand1h 56min
Spain1h 56min
Sweden1h 55min
UK1h 53min
Italy1h 50min
Denmark1h 47min
France1h 47min
Czechia1h 44min
Belgium1h 41min
Netherlands1h 41min
Germany1h 38min
Switzerland1h 27min
Austria1h 24min
South Korea1h 16min
Worldwide2h 29min
  • Females are more engaged in social media than males in all age groups.
Average social media screen time by gender & age group

Here’s the table comparing female and male social media screen times:

Age groupFemale social media
daily screen time
Male social media
daily screen time
16-24 years3h 13min2h 43min
25-34 years2h 50min2h 34min
35-44 years2h 27min2h 15min
45-54 years2h 3min1h 48min
55-64 years1h 33min1h 18min
  • Social media screen time has been slowly going up, increasing by 51.2% from 2013 to 2021.
Average global social media screen time

Here’s the table of social media screen times by year:

Quarter of
the year
Average social media
screen time
Q1 20222h 29min0%
Q4 20212h 29min+0.7%
Q3 20212h 27min+1.4%
Q3 20202h 25min0%
Q3 20192h 25min+2.1%
Q3 20182h 22min+5.2%
Q3 20172h 15min+5.5%
Q3 20162h 8min+15.3%
Q3 20151h 51min+5.7%
Q3 20141h 45min+8.2%
Q3 20131h 37min
(DataReportal) (DataReportal 2)

How do Americans spend screen time?

  • Daily, an average American spends 2 hours and 13 minutes on social media, 3 hours watching TV, and 4 hours and 9 minutes on phone usage.

Average American daily screen time:

Social mediaTVPhone
2 hours and 13 minutes3 hours4 hours and 9 minutes
(DataReportal) (Statista 5)

Sources: DataReportal, Statista 5

Read more:

Conclusion: Screen Time Statistics

These were the most in-depth screen time statistics. It’s quite fascinating how much time we spend in front of the screen without knowing it.

Screen time also vastly varies between countries and demographics. Even pandemics can negatively impact screen time, especially in children.

What is your daily screen time? Did it increase during the pandemic? What contributes to your screen time the most: work, social media, TV?

Please let us know in the comments.

Sources: DataReportal, DataReportal 2, DataReportal 3, Statista, Statista 2, Statista 3, Statista 4, Statista 5, eMarketer, eMarketer 2, eMarketer 3, Pew, Pew 2, Pew 3, Pew 4, CDC, NIH, AAP, AACAP, ScienceDirect, ResearchGate, The Lancet, Lenstore, Reviews

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