People spend an average of 4.8 hours a day on their mobile phones, according to app monitoring company App Annie.
The report shows that applications were downloaded 230 billion times in 2021, while $ 170 billion were spent on them.
TickTock is the most downloaded application worldwide, and users spend 90% more time on it compared to 2020.
“The big screen is slowly dying as mobile phones continue to break records in virtually every category – time spent, downloads and revenue,” said App Annie CEO Theodor Kranz.
The trend-tracking company predicts that by the second half of this year, TickTock will exceed 1.5 billion monthly active users.
The average time spent on mobile apps is four hours and 48 minutes, which is 30% more than in 2019, according to an App Annie report.
This was calculated based on data from ten markets, including India, Turkey, the United States, Japan, Mexico, Singapore and Canada.
Consumers in Brazil, Indonesia and South Korea exceeded five hours a day.
At the time, seven out of every 10 minutes were spent on social, photo and video apps, with TickTock at the forefront, the report suggests.
The mobile ecosystem generally remains very healthy – with two million new applications and games launched in 2021.
YouTube is the most popular video streaming application worldwide, with over one million downloads in 60 different countries. Netflix is second in many regions.
Mobile games are also growing – with people spending $ 116 billion on them. Particularly popular were what the report called hyper-casual games such as Hair Challenge, in which players should avoid shearing, and Bridge Race, in which players collect bricks and build stairs.
Some of the trends observed in the research reflected broader changes, especially in how the pandemic changed people’s lifestyles.
For example, people spend a lot of time on shopping applications – more than 100 billion hours globally, with Singapore, Indonesia and Brazil growing the fastest.
There has also been huge growth in food and beverage applications – such as UberEats and Grubhub.
The number of sessions of such applications increased to 194 billion in 2021, according to the research – 50% more than the previous year.
Health and fitness applications also grew, as the pandemic meant that people could not always attend gyms or hold group workouts.
And reflecting a greater emphasis on mental well-being, meditation apps like Headspace and Calm have proven to be popular – especially among young people, with the top five downloads growing by 27% in 2021.
Payments for meeting applications have increased by over $ 4 billion, an increase of 95% from 2018.
Countries with applications to help deal with the coyote crisis, whether it is vaccine passports or just information tracking, have also seen huge downloads.