The Dripping Faucet

According to the U.S. EPA, a leaky faucet that drips at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year.

When you consider that it takes 15,140 drips just to make a gallon, it’s hard to imagine such a small issue causing such massive waste. Yet bit by bit, over time, even tiny leaks can become major problems.


Now you may be asking, what does this have to do with technology? What we just learned about water waste is a good analogy of what happens to time when there are “leaking faucets” in our lives.

We have been losing focus one drip at a time and the smartphone is the biggest culprit. Continual use of your phone throughout the day doesn’t seem like much but it is like a dripping faucet which adds up.


89% of teenagers own a smart phone in the US. (USA Today)

The average user in the US spends 5.4 hours on their phone each day. (ZDNet)

People check their phone 58 times a day on average. (RescueTime)

70% of mobile sessions are less than 2 minutes. (RescueTime)

Short-lasting mental blocks created by distractions like looking at your phone can cost as much as 40% of your productive time. (RescueTime)

In the US, most time using smartphones is spent on social media, an average of 64.5 minutes a day on Facebook and 48 minutes on Instagram (ZDNet)

Teens who spend five hours or more per day on electronic devices, including smartphones, are more likely to face mental health issues. They are 71% more likely to experience suicidal thoughts and 51% more likely to get less than seven hours of sleep at night. (

We have been losing focus one drip at a time.