Screen Time Statistics 2021 – time spent on social media & devices

Written by Fraser McCulloch.

A roundup of the latest screen time statistics; in other words, how much time do people spend on search, social media and devices.

Time spent on communication platforms

  • 17 hours per month spent on social networks in Italy 1
  • 11 hours per month spent on instant chat in Italy
  • 6 hours per month spent on video and movie consumption in Italy
  • 2 hours and 40 minutes spent sending and receiving email in Italy
  • 2.03 hours spent on search in Italy

Time Spent on Media

  • 3 hours and 15 minutes is the average time US adults spend on their mobile devices. 2
  • 4 hours, 12 minutes per day is average time spent on mobile devices in 2021
  • 50 minutes per day is average time spent on desktop devices in 2021
  • 4 hours per day is average time spent on television in 2021
  • 1 hour and 39 minutes is average time spent listening to radio in 2021

Kids – Time Spent on Screen

  • 6 hours a day is how much kids aged 8-10 spend in front of a screen in the US. 3
  • 9 hours a day is how much kids aged 11-14 spend in front of a screen in the US.
  • 7.5 hours a day is how much kids aged 15-18 spend in front of a screen in the US.

Time Spent on Social Media (in Italy)

  • 29 minutes is average time spent per day on Instagram 4
  • 33 minutes is average time spent per day on Facebook
  • 31 minutes is average time spent per day on Twitter
  • 31 minutes is average time spent per day on TikTok
  • 28 minutes is average time spent per day on Snapchat

Other Statistics

  • 51.8% of Americans use social media apps because of boredom. 5
  • 50.3% of Americans associate social media screen time as “not getting work done” 5
  • 8 hours and 52 minutes is the average weekly Netflix consumption. 6
  • 1777 seconds or 29 minutes and 37 seconds is the average time spent per user per visit on YouTube.com in March 2021 7
  • Over 2 million hours spent watching 4 streaming episodes of politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitch 8