Thursday, 29 October 2015

List of media coverage from recent paper: Beyond Self-Report: Tools to Compare Estimated and Real-World Smartphone Use

Andrews S, Ellis DA, Shaw H, Piwek L (2015) Beyond Self-Report: Tools to Compare Estimated and Real-World Smartphone Use. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0139004. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0139004

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Media Coverage - over 100 national and international outlets including:

Dutch and German Radio


RTE TV and Radio

BBC TV and Radio


Publication: RTE Living
Title: Guess how many times we check our smartphones

Publication: Capital FM
Title: NTU study shows people check smartphones without realising 

Publication: The Daily Mail (online and in print)
Title: How often do YOU check your phone? Average user picks up their device 85 times a DAY - twice as often as they realise

Publication: The Mirror (online and in print)
Title: Revealed: Here's how many times you REALLY check your phone


Publication: BT
Title: Smartphones checked 85 times a day - and users don't realise it

Publication: Yahoo News
Title: Smartphones checked 85 times a day - and users don't realise it

Publication: Evening Express
Title: People check smartphone an average of 85 times a day

Publications: Local Press (various)
Title: We check our phones 85 times a day without even noticing (You're doing it now!)

Publication: Olhar Digital
Title: Pesquisa: pessoas checam o smartphone 85 vezes por dia


Publication: UPI
Title: People stare at smartphones twice as much as they think
Title: Study: Smartphones checked 85 times a day - and users don't realise it

Publication: Lancaster University
Title: How we use our smartphones twice as much as we think

Publication: Red Ice Creations & Truthstream Media
Title: The real zombie apocalypse? Study finds average people check their smartphones 85 times a day

Publication: My Science
Title: How we use our smartphones twice as much as we think

Publication: Pocketnow
Title: You probably use your smartphone twice as much as you think

Publication: Notts TV News
Title: Nottingham study shows young people check smartphones 85 times a day

Publication: News USA UK
Title: How often do YOU check your phone? Average user picks up their device 85 times a day - twice as often as they realise

Publication: Capital Bay
Title: Nottingham Trent University researchers say phone users pick them up 85 times a day

Publication: Medical News Today
Title: How we use our smartphones twice as much as we think

Publication: This is Money
Title: How often do YOU check your phone? Average user picks up their device 85 times a DAY - twice as often as they realise
Title: Eigen smartphonegebruik wordt flink onderschat

Publication: Phys.org
Title: How we use our smartphones twice as much as we think

Publication: University of the West of England
Title: How often do we really check our smartphones?  85 times daily, new study reveals

Publication: Science Daily
Title: People use their smartphones for an average of 85 times a day -- about a third of the time they are awake -- and check it about 85 times a day research suggests
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/10/151029124647.htm

Publication: The Sunday Post (online and in print)
Title: New research reveals the average person uses their smartphone for a third of the time they are awake
http://www.sundaypost.com/new-research-reveals-the-average-person-uses-their-smartphone-for-a-third-of-the-time-they-are-awake-1.907551



Publication: Laboratory Equipment
Title: People use smartphones twice as much as estimated

Publication: Technology.org
Title: How we use our smartphones twice as much as we think
http://www.technology.org/2015/10/31/how-we-use-our-smartphones-twice-as-much-as-we-think/

Publication: Big News Network
Title: People stare at smartphones twice as much as they think
http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/238088339/people-stare-at-smartphones-twice-as-much-as-they-think

Publication: Irish Health.com
Title: People check their smartphones 85 times a day
http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=25037

Publication: NDTV
Title: We use our smartphones for 5 hours each day: Study
http://www.ndtv.com/world-news/we-use-smartphones-for-5-hours-each-day-study-1238658

Publication: Kronen Zeitung
Title: So oft greifen wir jeden Tag zum Smartphone
http://www.krone.at/Digital/So_oft_greifen_wir_jeden_Tag_zum_Smartphone-Studie_zeigt_-Story-479968

Publication: Health Canal

Title: How often do we really check our smartphones? 85 times daily, new study reveals
http://www.healthcanal.com/mental-health-behavior/68294-how-often-do-we-really-check-our-smartphones-85-times-daily-new-study-reveals.html

Publication: WN

Title: How often do we really check our Smartphones? 85 times daily, new study reveals
http://article.wn.com/view/2015/10/30/How_often_do_we_really_check_our_Smartphones_85_times_daily_/

Publication: Nottingham Trent University 

Title: People check their smartphones 85 times a day (and they don't even know they're doing it)
http://www.ntu.ac.uk/apps/news/180892-15/People_check_their_smartphones_85_times_a_day_(and_they_dont_even_know_the.aspx

Publication: Bild

Title: So oft schauen wir taglich aufs Handy
http://www.bild.de/digital/smartphone-und-tablet/smartphone/studie-so-oft-greifen-wir-zum-smartphone-43238838.bild.html

Publication: Western Daily Press

Title: People unknowingly check their smartphones an average 85 times a day
http://www.westerndailypress.co.uk/8203-People-unknowingly-check-smartphones-average/story-28078268-detail/story.html

Publication: Tree Hugger

Title: We use our smartphones twice as much as we think we do
http://www.treehugger.com/gadgets/we-use-our-smartphones-twice-much-we-think-we-do.html

Publication: Huffington Post

Title: You probably use your smartphone way more than you think
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/smartphone-usage-estimates_5637687de4b063179912dc96

Publcaition: Tech Guru Daily

Title: For the first time scientists measure real-world smartphone use
http://www.tgdaily.com/web/134461-for-the-first-time-scientists-measure-real-world-smartphone-use

Publication: Independent Online

Title: Most people check phones 85 times daily
http://beta.iol.co.za/scitech/technology/gadgets/most-people-check-phones-85-times-a-day-1938082

Publication: The Times of India

Title: Users check smartphones 85 times a day: Study
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/computing/Users-check-smartphones-85-times-a-day-Study/articleshow/49631378.cms

Publication: Hindustan Times

Title: You just won't believe how much we use our phones every day
http://www.hindustantimes.com/sex-and-relationships/you-just-won-t-believe-how-much-we-use-our-phones-every-day/story-nAejMSDaIuu3spvny95BRP.html

Publication: The Financial Express

Title: We use smartphones for five hours each day: Study
http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/tech/we-use-smartphones-for-five-hours-each-day-study/159658/

Publication: The Lincolnshire Echo

Title: How many hours a day do you spend looking at your phone? Research from Lincoln uni may surprise you
http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/hours-day-spend-looking-phone-Research-Lincoln/story-28098244-detail/story.html

Publication: Gadgets 360
Title: Smartphones used for 5 hours a day on average: Study

http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/smartphones-used-for-5-hours-a-day-on-average-study-760313

Publication: Jagran Post

Title: People use smartphones for five hours each day: Study
http://post.jagran.com/people-use-smartphones-for-five-hours-each-day-study-1446443999

Publication: Silicon India

Title: We use smartphones for five hours each day: Study
http://www.siliconindia.com/gadget/news/We-Use-Smartphones-for-Five-Hours-Each-Day-Study-nid-188740.html

Publication: Business Standard
Title: Study says people use smartphones five hours each day
http://www.business-standard.com/article/technology/study-says-people-use-smartphones-five-hours-each-day-115110100223_1.html

Publication: Gizbot
Title: We use smartphones for five hours each day: Study
http://www.gizbot.com/mobile/news/we-use-smartphones-for-five-hours-each-day-study-029211.html

Publication: BGR
Title: People spent 5 hours a day staring at their phones: Study
http://www.bgr.in/news/people-spend-5-hours-a-day-staring-at-their-phones-study/

Publication: The Siasat Daily
Title: Almost a week per month is spent on smartphones
http://www.siasat.com/news/almost-week-month-spent-smartphones-861923/

Publication: The Statesman
Title: We use smartphones for 5 hours each day
http://www.thestatesman.com/news/science-and-tech/-we-use-smartphones-for-5-hours-each-day/100808.html

Publication: India TV
Title: We use smartphones for 5 hours each day: Study
http://www.indiatvnews.com/business/india/we-use-smartphones-for-five-hours-each-day-study-20415.html

Publication: Sakshi Post
Title: We use smartphones for 5 hours each day: Study
http://www.sakshipost.com/index.php/lifestyle/editor-s-picks/66330-we-use-smartphones-for-five-hours-each-day-study.html?psource=Feature

Publication: Zee News India
Title: We use smartphones for 5 hours each day: Study
http://zeenews.india.com/news/science/we-use-smartphones-for-five-hours-each-day-study_1817043.html

Publication: News Nation
Title: Almost a week per month is spent on smartphones
http://www.newsnation.in/article/95378-almost-a-week-month-spent-smartphones.html

Publication: The Economic Times
Title: We use smartphones for 5 hours each day: Study
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/magazines/panache/we-use-smartphones-for-five-hours-each-day-study/articleshow/49616014.cms

Publication: The Hindu
Title: You could be using your phone longer than you think
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-in-school/you-could-be-using-your-phone-longer-than-you-think/article7838997.ece

Publication: Catch News
Title: Guess how many hours you spend on your smartphone? Hint - about a third of the time you are awake
http://www.catchnews.com/smartphone-news/people-use-smartphones-for-an-average-duration-of-five-hours-a-day-reveals-study-1446528243.html

Publication: eeDsignIt
Title: Researchers say we use our cellphones twice as much as we think
http://www.eedesignit.com/researchers-say-we-use-our-cellphones-twice-as-much-as-we-think/

Publication: Tech bakbak
Title: How much on average do we use our smartphones everyday?
http://techbakbak.com/how-much-on-an-average-do-we-use-our-smartphones-everyday/

Publication: The Asian Ace
Title: People check their smartphones about 85 times a day?
http://www.asianage.com/technology/people-check-smartphones-about-85-times-day-530

Publication: News Hunt
Title: Guess how many hours you spend on your smartphone? Hint - about a third of the time you are awake

Publication: Kashmir Scoop
Title: Users check smartphones 85 times a day: Study
http://kashmirscoop.com/users-check-smartphones-85-times-a-day-study/

Publication: Mazumba Mobile
Title: How often do you check your smartphone without realising?
http://www.mazumamobile.com/blog/mobile-phone-news/how-often-do-you-check-your-smartphone-without-realising/

Publication: Kuwait Today
Title: You just won't believe how much we use our phones everyday
http://kuwait-today.com/you-just-won%E2%80%99t-believe-how-much-we-use-our-phones-every-day

Publication: All Phone Price
Title: Smartphones used for 5 hours a day on average: Study
http://www.allphoneprice.com/smartphones-used-for-5-hours-a-day-on-average-study/

Publication: The Tech Earth
Title: Research: Users check their smartphones 85 times a day
http://thetechearth.com/2015/11/02/research-users-check-smartphones-85-times-a-day/

Publication: Nagaland Page
Title: We use smartphones for 5 hours each day: Study
http://www.nagalandpage.com/world/4560-we-use-smartphones-for-5-hours-each-day-study

Publication: Global News Connect
Title: How we use our smartphones twice as much as we think
http://globalnewsconnect.com/how-we-use-our-smartphones-twice-as-much-as-we-think/

Publication: Information Week
Title: Average smartphone use is up to five hours per day, according to one study. What are we sacrificing to use our mobile devices that much?
http://www.informationweek.com/it-life/smartphone-use-ballooning-to-5-hours-a-day-study-finds/a/d-id/1322959?print=yes

Publication: Blog Proenem

Title: Fique Ligado - Sua vida dentro de um smartphone
http://blog.proenem.com.br/fique-ligado-sua-vida-dentro-de-um-smartphone/

Publication: Xataka Movil
Title: Cuanto tiempo usas el movil a lo largo del dia? Un estudio afirma que el doble de lo que crees
http://www.xatakamovil.com/movil-y-sociedad/cuanto-tiempo-usas-el-movil-a-lo-largo-del-dia-un-estudio-afirma-que-el-doble-de-lo-que-crees

Publication: Ghana Broadcasting Corporation
Title: People use smartphones for five hours a day
http://www.gbcghana.com/1.8432996

Publication: PsyBlog
Title: Smartphone use is out of control - This graph says it all
http://www.spring.org.uk/2015/11/smartphone-use-is-out-of-control-this-graph-says-it-all.php

Publication: Kognitywistyka
Title: We use smartphones more than we think (translated from Polish)
http://www.kognitywistyka.edu.pl/uzywamy-smartfonow-czesciej-niz-nam-sie-wydaje/

Publication: The Journal.ie
Title: People actually spend 5 hours a day staring at their phones
http://www.thejournal.ie/smartphone-usage-2416890-Oct2015/

Publication: Ktechnews
Title: How we use our smartphones twice as much as we think
http://www.ktechnews.com/index.php/2015/10/30/how-we-use-our-smartphones-twice-as-much-as-we-think/

Publication: The Pace News
Title: Smartphones: Rate of usage and effect
http://www.thepacenews.com/news/smartphones-rate-of-usage-and-effect/

Publication: Reaytech
Title: People actually spent 5 hours a day starting at their phones
http://raymod170.com/2015/11/02/people-actually-spend-5-hours-a-day-staring-at-their-phones/

Publication: Salon
Title: The Internet is scrambling our brains: We spend more time online than sleeping - and here's how it's messing us up
http://www.salon.com/2015/11/30/the_internet_is_scrambling_our_brains_we_spend_more_time_online_than_sleeping_and_heres_how_its_messing_us_up/

Publication: Rough Type
Title: You are your phone
http://www.roughtype.com/?p=6683

Publication: The Jury Room
Title: The mobile phone problem use scale and how much you really use your smartphone
http://keenetrial.com/blog/2015/12/09/the-mobile-phone-problem-use-scale-and-how-much-you-really-use-your-smartphone/

Publication: Сколько часов в день вы держите в руках м
Title: Мобильные технологии для жизни и спорта
http://biomolecula.ru/content/1971

Publication: Psychology Today
Title: 7 Tips to get smartphone overuse under control
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/minding-the-body/201606/7-tips-get-smartphone-overuse-under-control

Publication: Business Insider
I'm a 23-year-old who's addicted to my smartphone — here's what surprised me the most when I ditched it for a week
http://uk.businessinsider.com/7-day-digital-detox-2016-3?r=US&IR=T

Publication: Business Insider
This was the best thing about giving up my smartphone for a week
http://uk.businessinsider.com/best-thing-about-giving-up-phone-for-a-week-2016-4

Publication: New York Times
Title: The end of reflection
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/fashion/internet-technology-phones-introspection.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1

Publication: Time
Title: 1 easy ritual that can make you happier, according to neuroscience
http://time.com/4452466/power-of-touch-happiness/

Publication: La Vanguardia
Title: Cómo saber si eres adicto al móvil y cómo dejarlo

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Today feels like......via Twitter

It's always nice to find someone else in a completely different field who has similar interests.

When demonstrating the strength of the associations people have with each day of the week, we included data from lab-based experiments, Google search and Ngram enquires. As with our experimental data for example, Google searches found fewer occurrences of midweek days in webpages and books (see below).




Fig 3.
(a) Mean number of associations generated for each weekday in Study 3. General Associations are shown in dark grey, Specific Events in light grey. Error bars show SEM. (b) Number of hits returned by Google Search for each of the search terms “Monday” to “Sunday”. (c) Google Ngram search results. The y-axis shows the percentages of weekday words in the corpus. See main text for details. (d) Word frequencies from the British National Corpus

However, we didn't include data from Twitter and last week a colleague spotted the recent work of Jeff Sisson. Have a look here.



His page automatically counts the number of times people on Twitter say something like "today feels like a ___" for any given day of the week. It even stores the resulting data. Remarkably, the results so far are almost identical to our own, but it is also possible the analyse these effects across the week...which I will post below in due course.