Over 85% of youth in Taiwan use mobile phones: poll

10/30/2018 06:46 PM
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Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) More than 85 percent of children and young people in Taiwan use cellphones and they spend more time on mobile devices than on exercise, a survey released Tuesday showed.

Among the 85.2 percent of youth who have a cellphone, 95.5 percent of them use a smartphone, according to the poll released by Cyber Angel's Pick (CAP), a non-profit organization that focuses on Internet safety for young people in Taiwan.

The survey, conducted among students from Grade 3 to junior year in university, found that they spend 26.39 hours per week on average on their mobile phones, 24.32 hours surfing the Internet, and 13.68 hours watching television, while only 8.05 hours per week is spent on exercise.

Among those students who have a smartphone, 56 percent usually surf the Internet unsupervised, the poll found.

A multiple choice segment of the poll showed that students go online mainly to watch movies (75.9 percent), listen to music (71.3 percent), visit social media sites (65.8 percent), and play games (65.4 percent), according to the survey.

The poll collected 16,169 valid samples from questionnaires distributed to students at 57 elementary, 30 junior high and 57 senior high schools and at 46 universities.

(By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Evelyn Kao)

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