Apps, you can do most anything from a phone

On August 27th the Wall Street Journal contained a special insert listing the best Apps for whatever you might want to do.  I have a smartphone like many of you do and I have my fair share of apps, most of which I rarely use.  I’m kind of cheap and most the apps I have are free and the few I do use, I use a lot.

There are apps for literally everything.  Here are a few statistics that I thought you might find interesting.

The average smartphone user is expected to download 37 apps this year (ABI Research).  This year there is expected to be 36 billion apps downloaded world-wide (ABI Research).  The average person spends 94 minutes per day using an app as opposed to 72 minutes web browsing (  On average, a person spends 24 minutes per day on social networking apps which matches the time spent on games and out ranks any other category of app (  There are more than 650 thousand apps available in the Apple App Store (Apple Inc.).

Finally, in 2017 it is expected that 136 billion apps will be downloaded world-wide (ABI Research) and for the 18 months leading up to December 2011 there was a 119% growth in time spent on mobile apps in the US as compared with a 13% growth in web browsing during the same time period (

If health care doesn’t work out, I may look at the app industry.  It seems like there should be job security!

For those of you who care, there’s an app that will allow you to read this blog!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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