September 16, 2019 11:31
Children from low-income households are more prone to smartphone addiction than those of the better off, according to a study by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs published Sunday.
The study questioned over 2,500 children across the country in January and February and found that 48 percent in households earning less than 50 percent of the median wage are overly dependent on smartphones.
Smartphone addiction is so serious that it practically constitutes the most important part of the day of those affected, while prolonged usage can lead to fighting between family members.
Among families earning more than the medium income, only three out of 10 children suffered from such problems.
Poorer parents may find it more difficult to limit their kids' screen time, either because they are too busy making ends meet or because they do not know how to instruct them properly.
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