Smartphones and mobile phones have now become a must-have among younger generations. Just ask Digital Arts Inc., which conducted a survey among Japanese high school students, finding that more than 40 percent of female students surveyed use their phones more than six hours daily. That’s one fourth of a day already!
The online poll conducted in February showed that 95.1 percent of female high school students own a smartphone, as opposed to their male equivalent with only 80.6 owning one. The survey looked at 618 people, finding that junior high school students average 1.8 hours daily in using their phones. But the hours greatly increase as students move onto high school, with females using their phones at an average of 6.4 hours, while the males use it on an average of 4.3. More than 40 percent of the females surveyed use their phones longer than 6 hours. In fact, more than 10 percent of this group uses their phones more than 12 hours daily. When asked, most of the activity the student does on their phone involves watching online videos and communicating with others via social networking services like LINE. Almost half of all those who participated in the survey, around 48.7 percent, use their smartphones “while watching television.” Meanwhile, 21 percent use it “during meals.” Among the female students who use their phones more often, 74.8 percent use it “while watching television” and 38.8 percent “during mealtime.”
Results from the survey also showed 46.6 percent of the females use their phones “while having a conversation,” which highlights their unique skill of multitasking. 40 percent of these females also find it challenging to abstain from using their phones, which Miki Endo from Angels-eyes, a group that studies prevention of Internet addiction, says will give rise to more people using their phones while engaged in another activity. “Many children feel bad about themselves because they tend to procrastinate on what they should be doing, such as studying,” she added.
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