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Study shows Hong Kong youngsters too attached to cellphones

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Hongkongers tend to bury their noses in their phones.
Hongkongers tend to bury their noses in their phones.
Photo: Bloomberg
How much do you need your mobile phone? The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) interviewed 500 people aged from 10 to 24 about their mobile phone habits.

Up to half of the interviewees said that they feel insecure if they go out without their phones. In fact, they said that they felt less secure without their phones than without money.

Up to 64 per cent of those asked said phones keep them entertained and connected with others. The survey found young people spend an average of three and a half 3 1/2 hours on their phone a day.

The survey revealed that text messaging is a popular function in this age group. They receive or send an average of 221 texts on WhatsApp a day. Those who are in school used text messaging more often than those who are working. Students send and receive 241 text messages a day (15 per hour, assuming being awake for 16 hours) while working young people with jobs send and receive 168.

A spokeswoman for HKFYG said youngsters should have more interaction with others instead of being glued to their phones. "There is no doubt that using mobile phones has become an integral part of youths' lives," she says. "They love to communicate using text messages. There is a concern, though, about youths relying too much on their phones, as they lack skills and confidence when it comes to interacting with people face to face."


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