Mobile phone vital to 40 percent of youth
16 October 2007, Some 40 percent of young people can no longer imagine life without a mobile phone, despite the fact that a relatively large portion - 32 percent - never make phone calls and 34 percent, by their own account, only made a call once or twice a week.
16 October 2007
Some 40 percent of young people can no longer imagine life without a mobile phone, despite the fact that a relatively large portion - 32 percent - never make phone calls and 34 percent, by their own account, only made a call once or twice a week.
This emerged from a survey by the Leuven School for Mass Communication Research (KULeuven), the Klasse magazine said a press release on Monday. The results of the survey will also appear in this week’s youth magazine Maks!
The Leuven School for Mass Communication Research asked a total of 227 final-year students about their mobile phone habits. The survey showed that 98 percent of them own a mobile phone.
The average phone call lasted 15 minutes and was mostly made to a parent or partner. Young people send text messages often: 11 times a day on average. The most popular recipient is the partner (65 percent). The survey also showed that young people attach great importance to accessibility: more than 70 percent also leave their mobile phone on overnight. They are also greatly attached to their phone: 72 percent said that they would miss their phone a lot if it were to break or go missing. 41 percent said that they can no longer imagine life without a mobile phone.
Remarkably, the mobile phone tends to create a great sense of connection with friends. The more young people make phone calls and send text messages, the more they feel part of a close circle of friends. Other remarkable conclusions are that three in every four young people become annoyed when they do not receive an immediate reply to their text message. Seven in every ten also use their mobile phone as a watch and six in every ten as an alarm clock. Eight out of every ten leave their phones on and in silent mode during lectures. A total of 227 young people participated in the random sample survey by completing an online questionnaire. The average age of the respondents is 18. 62 percent of the respondents are ASO (General Secondary Education) students, 28 percent are TSO (Technical Secondary Education) students, 7.5 percent BSO (Vocational Secondary Education) students and 2.5 percent KSO (Art Secondary Education).
[Copyright Expatica News 2007]
Subject: Belgian news