Koreans Spend 3.5 Hours a Day on the Phone

      December 02, 2014 09:34

      Koreans spend an average of three hours and 40 minutes per day on their smartphones, according to a survey. People in their 30s and 40s mostly play games while the young fritter away their time messaging.

      The survey of 7,614 smartphone users by Digieco and Nielsen was published on Monday.

      The smartphone era began in Korea in late 2009, when KT introduced Apple's iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS. Some 40.12 million smartphones were in use here at the end of October this year, with a proportion of 79.6 percent of the population owning at least one of the gadgets, the highest in the world.

      People use smartphones 2.5 times as long as in March 2012. Use has soared since Kakao Talk began its games service in July 2012.

      Those in their 20s are the most enthusiastic users with four hours and 41 minutes a day. Those in their 30s and 40s play games most often -- 30-somethings for 61 minutes a day and 40-somethings for 52 minutes a day on an average.

      Twenty-somethings also use mobile messengers most often with 59.3 minutes per day, followed by teens with 42.3 minutes a day.

      Patterns of use vary throughout the day. Most people play games right after lunch or dinner and do their mobile shopping before lunch.

      Many play games more on weekends than during the weekdays (a daily average of 54 minutes), but use mobile messengers less at the weekend (a daily average of 30 minutes).

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