Is Social Media Bad For Your Mobile Phone?

If you have a smartphone, then the chances are you’ve used social media on your mobile at one point or another. It’s great to be connected all the time, but what are the negative effects of social media on your mobile? We’ve developed an infographic to find out the answer…

Key Facts

  • 47% of people use social media from their mobiles
  • 340 million Facebook app users on iPhone and Android
  • After Nov 2012 release of the Facebook app, mobile signal used by the app rocketed by 600% despite their membership only increasing by 4%
  • The Facebook app requests 24% of its data volume from YouTube, 16.5% from Twitter, and 15.8% from Tumblr
  • Mobile data usage is expected to increase 2000% by 2017
  • The cost per megabyte of mobile data has decreased from $0.46 to $0.03 in the last five years
  • Uploading 1 photo a day to Twitter costs $0.195
  • Viewing 10 photos a day on Twitter costs $0.15
  • Annual cost of using Twitter on your mobile: $125.93
  • Annual cost of using YouTube on your mobile: $438
  • Annual cost of using Facebook on your mobile: $470
  • Annual cost of using Pandora on your mobile: $657
  • Driving whilst social networking on your mobile makes you four times more likely to crash
  • Smartphones slow your driving reaction times to 38% (compared to 21% for Cannabis and 12.5% for Alcohol)
  • For every 1 million new mobile subscribers there is a 19% rise in distracted driving fatalities
  • 45% of people feel agitated when they can’t access their social networks
  • 60% of people feel the need to switch off their phones to have a break
  • 66% of people have trouble sleeping after using social media
  • 25% of people have relationship problems because of online fights
  • Regular mobile users experience withdrawal symptoms similar to that of drug addicts
  • 64% of people have accepted a friend request from a stranger
  • 73% use a geo-tracking application on their mobile
  • 41% are extremely concerned about letting potential burglars know when they’re away
  • The Android app uses 75% of its energy to serve ads and uploading user data

[Source: liGo]

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