About one in every five 20-somethings in the country are addicted to smartphones, a survey suggests. Smartphone addiction means users spend excessive amounts of time checking their phones and feel anxious if they are away from them for too long.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare on Thursday said a 2016 mental health survey of some 2,500 adults by a team at Samsung Medical Center shows around five percent of adults are addicted to smartphones, and the proportion of addicts between the ages of 18 and 29 is particularly high at 18.2 percent.
Among users in their 30s the proportion is only about 4.8 percent, and among people in their 40s 1.5 percent, dwindling to 0.8 percent of those in their 50s and rising again to 1.3 percent of those in their 60s, though that difference may be due to the margin of error.
Twice as many women as men are addicted, with 6.6 percent versus 3.3 percent. Young women under 29 are more heavily dependent at 24.5 percent.
Unmarried people are much more prone to addiction than married people at 14.2 percent versus just 2.2 percent.
Naturally people are more likely to be addicted if they have more time on their hands, with 5.9 percent of unemployed people versus 3.3 percent of people with full-time jobs or 3.1 percent of those juggling part-time jobs.