Mumbai paper clip: Most youngsters can’t stay away from cellphones for more than 10 minutes

For the study, data was collected from 150 youth across Mumbai in the 15-29 age group.

Written by ZEESHAN SHAIKH | Mumbai | Published: August 23, 2016 4:26:04 am

Mobile phones have changed our lives entirely. And with new technologies evolving everyday replacing older ones, aided by faster and better coverage networks, staying connected has taken on an entirely new meaning.

In this regard, a study was conducted by H R College focusing on the habits and attitudes of the youth towards mobile phones. For the study, data was collected from 150 youth across Mumbai in the 15-29 age group.

It was found that more than 61 per cent of those surveyed spent more than four hours in a day on their cellphones; 41 per cent said they used their phones while commuting or travelling to some destination, thus proving that cellular phones are frequently used as a great source of entertainment. A good 31 per cent of those surveyed said they used their cellphones at home, the reason being availability of WiFi facility at most homes. Eating outlets, college and office premises were not rated as high. More than 50 per cent said they cannot stay away from their phones for even 10 minutes. More than half the youth surveyed prefer buying a new and better cellphone every two years. Only 5 per cent said they had not changed their phones in the last three years.

In a measure of the popularity of cellphones particularly among the younger generation, 91 per cent of the respondents admitted to some use of their cellphones while driving, perhaps either as a source of entertainment or to provide directions by way of Google maps.

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