I don't think I check my phone very often.
I'm fairly confident I'm not obsessed with it. Well, at least not as obsessed as other people are.
Which means that it's likely I'm just as bad at checking my phone as everyone else. A new Gallup poll, you see, offers one glorious statistical and human nugget: 61 percent of people believe they check their phones less than other people do.
While you compute that sleight of mind, let me tell you that 30 percent of these people claimed they look at their phones a lot less often. Because sanctimony suits us when we're answering surveys.
Perhaps the most glorious was that a mere 3 percent sighed, looked down at the ground and muttered: "Yes, I look at my phone a lot more than other people."
You will now be wondering just how often most people — or rather the minority, as it were — check their phones.
A hearty 11 percent admitted that they check their phones "every few minutes," 41 percent nodded to "a few times an hour," and 20 percent to "once an hour."
You, like I, would surely love to meet one of the 2 percent of people who claimed to check their phones "less than once a day." Do they work down a mine where there's no signal?
Gallup conducted this survey between April 17 and May 18. The survey had Web and mail components and 15,747 US adults who claimed to have a smartphone replied.
The game now is for you to be honest about how bad it's become for you.