Facebook Survey Says Mobile Users Check for Updates 14 Times a Day


Facebook mobile users check their smartphones for updates an average of 14 times a day, according to a survey by the social networking site and IDC on their mobile users.

The study surveyed 7,446 Android and iPhone users in the United States during March and asked them questions about how they used their mobile phones.

Facebook is the third-most used application on mobile phone devices, right after email (78 percent) and web browsing (73 percent). The vast majority of users who use the app, or 82 percent, check Facebook often for their news feeds but less than half (49 percent) said that they primarily used their mobile app to respond and post comments on their friends’ status updates.

The survey also asked where and when smartphone users check Facebook, and it seems users check it almost anywhere. Despite warnings telling patrons to shut off their phones, around 50 percent of users check Facebook at the movies. As far as other places are concerned, 49 percent check at live events such as a concerts, 48 percent at the gym, 47 percent while cooking or when going out to eat and 46 percent at a meeting, in class, shopping or doing errands.

Other topics of the study include how often people browse their smartphones. At least 89 percent of 18-24 year olds surveyed check their smartphones within 15 minutes of waking up and 62 percent check their smartphones as soon as they wake up.

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