Youth Opinion Polls No. 208
Youth and Information Technology (II)
A Survey of Mobile Phone Use by Youth
7 November 2013
The Youth Research Centre conducted a survey in August and September on youth’s mobile usage. This survey, 520 young people aged 10-24, HKFYG YIT survey no 2, was conducted this year 2013 through a territory-wide random sampling telephone poll.
The survey found that nearly 89% of all those polled said that they were smartphone users. Of them, about three-quarters (75.8%) used instant messaging most. Social networking (42%) and games (41%) were the next most popular. Smartphone users had loaded 23 free apps and had paid for 1-2 paid apps in their phone.
On average, smartphone users spent 3.5 hours a day on the phones, and over two-thirds (67.3%) kept their phones on all day.
Close to half (49.5%) of the smartphone users said that they felt less secure going out without a phones than they did going out without money. Close to two-thirds (63.5%) even admitted that they felt content with using the phone.
Journal of Youth Studies
Serial No. 38
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