States That Spend the Most Time on Their Computers

Jun 22 | By Brandon Jarman

Before the days of being glued to your phone, people were glued to computer screens. College students raced home to log into Facebook before it became a thing grandparents and aunts and uncles also used, smitten teenagers professed their love via AOL chat rooms, and people refreshed their email inboxes as often as they now check their phones. 

Although smartphones have made being online on-the-go more accessible, computers are still superior when it comes to surfing the web, streaming TV shows or movies, and uploading files. So, which states spend the most time behind their computer screens? 

We at VerizonSpecials.com put our heads together to answer the question: what is the average screen time in each state? What are the stats on your hometown’s computer usage? Does your state prefer to stream a show or go offline?

Read on to see your state’s average screen time.

Interesting Findings

  • You’d think Hawaii would be the most unplugged of any state (hello, sandy white beaches), but they had the highest amount of screen time by a landslide—two hours and forty-one minutes per day, to be exact. 
  • Alaska and Utah have the highest percentage of households with access to at least one computer device: 96%. 
  • On the other side of the scale, Mississippi has the lowest percentage of households with at least one computing device (86%)—yet the Magnolia State still ranks #2 in overall screen time. 
  • California, New York, New Jersey, and Hawaii all have one thing in common: they’re the only states who search YouTube more than Facebook. 
  • Alaska, Utah, Colorado, and Washington—states that ranked the lowest for overall screen time—each have their fair share of national parks. Between the four states, there are twenty parks to keep people busy outdoors and away from their screens. 

Top 10 States That Spend the Most Time on Their Computers

The Top 10 States that Spend the Least Time on a Computer

Here’s How Much Screen Time Your State Gets

RankingStateAmount of screen time per dayMost-searched social media platformPercentage of households with at least one computing device
1Hawaii2:41YouTube92%
2Mississippi2:04Facebook86%
3Florida1:55Facebook93%
3Louisiana1:55Facebook87%
5Arkansas1:51Facebook89%
6Tennessee1:49Facebook89%
7Maryland1:47Facebook93%
8Missouri1:43Facebook91%
9Alabama1:43Facebook87%
10Connecticut1:39Facebook92%
11Maine1:39Facebook90%
12Wisconsin1:37Facebook90%
13Nevada1:36Facebook94%
13New Mexico1:36Facebook88%
15Iowa1:34Facebook91%
16West Virginia1:33Facebook86%
17Texas1:33Facebook92%
18North Carolina1:32Facebook91%
19Arizona1:30Facebook93%
19California1:30YouTube94%
19Kansas1:30Facebook92%
19New York1:30YouTube91%
19Oklahoma1:30Facebook91%
24Georgia1:30Facebook92%
25Idaho1:27Facebook94%
25New Hampshire1:27Facebook94%
25Ohio1:27Facebook91%
28Pennsylvania1:27Facebook90%
29Illinois1:25Facebook91%
30Nebraska1:25Facebook92%
30New Jersey1:25YouTube93%
32Michigan1:24Facebook91%
33Virginia1:24Facebook92%
34Minnesota1:23Facebook93%
35South Carolina1:21Facebook90%
36Oregon1:19Facebook94%
37Montana1:16Facebook90%
38Indiana1:14Facebook91%
38Utah1:14Facebook96%
40Kentucky1:13Facebook89%
40Massachusetts1:13Facebook93%
40Washington1:13Facebook95%
43Colorado1:12Facebook94%
44North Dakota1:11Facebook90%
45Alaska0:57Facebook96%
46Vermont0:45Facebook92%
47Delaware0:40Facebook93%
47South Dakota0:40Facebook90%

Click here to view our 2019 report. 

Methodology

To find the average amount of time (in hours) that each state spends on the computer (e.g., social media, downloading files, browsing the web, etc.) we analyzed data from the 2014–2018 American Time Use Survey (ATUS). Our rankings do not account for gaming, computer use for work, online banking, or online shopping.

District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and Wyoming do not meet the ATUS standard for quality and reliability, so they weren’t included in our rankings. 

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