Only Three Apps For That?

I read this piece by Frank Bi in the The Verge and, while the whole thing was interesting, there was a bit that stuck out to me.

“And it turns out people simply don’t use most of the apps they do download. According to ComScore, the average person spends 80 percent of their time on mobile devices using only three apps.”

I found this really hard to believe. 80% of my time on three apps? I wondered if this was true for me.

So I downloaded an app that tracks my usage. I read the article early Friday evening and started tracking then.

And then promptly forgot. First, it was a Friday night and I was exhausted from the week and passed out early. I spent Saturday working at an expat fair and Sunday with friends. Monday, I came down with the flu and was flat on my back until Wednesday night when I remembered that I’d installed this tracking app.


I’d used my phone for 7 hours and 49 minutes between Friday and Wednesday. Most used app? What’s App. Feedly (the RSS reader I use) came in second, followed by Twitter, Whisper (don’t judge), Facebook, Gmail, PocketCast (podcast app), Hangouts, Chrome and Google Voice.

Was I at 80% of my time on three apps? Nope. What’s App took up 19.6%, Feedly was 12.3%, and Twitter was 8.5% for a total of 40.4%. To get to 80%, I had to add on Whisper (6.8%), Facebook (6.2%), Gmail (5.6%), PocketCast (5.1%), Hangouts (5.1%), Chrome (4.6%), Google Voice (3.2%), Candy Crush (2.8%) and the Clock (2.6%). That’s 12 apps in total.

Since five days isn’t a great sample size and it was a weird week because I was sick for much of it. So I’m going to let it run for a month and come back to see where I am at then.

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