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One-third of Adolescents Heavily Dependent on Smartphones
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One-third of Adolescents Heavily Dependent on Smartphones
  • By Jung Suk-yee
  • February 21, 2020, 10:23
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The ratio of those excessively dependent on smartphones rose 2.2 percentage points to 22.9 percent when it comes to those aged three to nine. The ratio is 30.2 percent for 10 to 19, 18.8 percent for 20 to 59, and 14.9 percent for those in their 60s.
The ratio of those excessively dependent on smartphones rose 2.2 percentage points to 22.9 percent when it comes to those aged three to nine. The ratio is 30.2 percent for 10 to 19, 18.8 percent for 20 to 59, and 14.9 percent for those in their 60s.

The Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Information Society Agency announced that the ratio of those excessively dependent to all South Korean smartphone users increased 0.9 percentage point to 20 percent in 2019.

The ratio of the group rose 2.2 percentage points to 22.9 percent when it comes to those aged three to nine. The ratio is 30.2 percent for 10 to 19, 18.8 percent for 20 to 59, and 14.9 percent for those in their 60s.

According to their data, 36.9 percent and 67.5 percent of the three- to nine-year-old and 10- to 19-year-old children of those excessively dependent on smartphones show the same tendency, respectively. When it comes to double-income households’ children, the same tendency has been witnessed in 26.1 percent and 33.3 percent of those in the respective age groups. The respective figures are 20.8 percent and 26.7 percent as for single-income households’ children.

90.6 percent of smartphone users covered by the data, up 2.95 percentage points from a year earlier, said they have used an online video service at least once. Close to 73 percent said they watched one-person media content and TV/movie and real-time TV followed it with 63.3 percent and 32.2 percent, respectively. In 2018, one-person media content was enjoyed by those aged up to 19 in many cases. Last year, however, the ratio of such users increased a lot in every age group.

The survey, which was conducted in 17 cities and provinces from August to October, covers 28,592 persons of 10,000 households. The confidence level of the survey is 95 percent and its margin of error is plus or minus 0.58 percentage points.