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Study finds smartphone and tablet users are spending more time on apps than surfing the web

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Study finds smartphone and tablet users are spending more time on apps than surfing the web
You probably don’t realize it all that much, but apparently tablet and smartphone users are spending a good majority of time using mobile apps – as opposed to surfing the web on their devices.

The surprising results are realized in a recent study conducted by Flurry Analytics, where they found mobile device users are spending more time within apps, thus, reversing the previous trend of people surfing the web. Well, compared to a year ago, both activities have actually increased, but mobile app usage has managed to eclipse and exceed web surfing since then.

Tracking usage on over 140,000 different apps for its study, the report from Flurry Analytics shows that mobile device users spend on the average, 94 minutes of their time each day within apps – up from 66 minutes previously. In contrast, they spend approximately 72 minutes surfing the web, which is up very little from the 70 minutes per day reported last year.

So you’re wondering what apps are people using as opposed to surfing the web? Not surprisingly, most of the time is being spent on the Facebook app, which accounts for most of the result’s driving force. Actually, that’s not much of a shocker considering the amount of updates the popular app has been seeing, which now offers the perfect balance of convenience and features.

Study finds smartphone and tablet users are spending more time on apps than surfing the web
Well, Facebook isn’t the only thing gaining a lot of attention from mobile users, and in fact, games take a good majority of the share as the report finds 49% of time is spent on it – in comparison to 30% for social networking activities.

If you’re not sold on this new trend, just try to actually break down what you do on your mobile device on a daily basis – you never know, the results might actually astound you.

source: Flurry via Mobileburn

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posted on 23 Jan 2012, 18:28

1. manuell3g (Posts: 66; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Things i use my ipad for....facebook,twitter,phonearena,youtube,streami​ng movies and tv shows.finally,playing games....i facebook more than anything else on my ipad and one more thing,the defualt facebook app for ios is bulls**t.full of bugs and lags a lot.i hate that app.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 19:13

2. imkyle (Posts: 1024; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Generally apps give you quicker access than visiting a webpage and also reduces the amount of data you incur.

posted on 23 Jan 2012, 20:15 1

3. BioTek (Posts: 53; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)


Downloading and testing out apps are two of the most enjoyable options for both smartphones and tablets. It would make sense that the time owners spend on apps are increasing.

posted on 24 Jan 2012, 00:47

4. Stuntman (Posts: 784; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


The Pulse and Taptu apps on my phone and tablet organises the web sites I visit very well. I would like to have such apps on my PC.

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