More than 60% of high school students use mobile phones over 3 hours on holidays

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — More than 60 percent of second-year high school students in Japan use mobile phones, such as smartphones, for three hours or more on a holiday, a government survey showed Friday.

The long-term survey by the education and health ministries covers children born in January or July 2001. The latest research was the 17th and collected answers from 24,886 of the 30,780 students covered, checking the situations as of 2018 when they were 17 years old.

In the survey, 65.4 percent of the students said they use mobile phones for three hours or more on a holiday, with 19.9 percent, the largest group, using such devices for three to four hours and 19.0 percent occupied with them for six hours or more.

The survey found that students spending longer hours on mobile phones tend not to study at home or cram schools. Among students who use mobile phones for six hours or more, the proportion of those who do not study outside their high schools stood at 55.3 percent.

Still, an education ministry official said that using mobile phones for long hours is not necessarily bad, noting that they can be used not only to watch videos or for social media but also for study or to collect information about further education institutes.

The proportion of male and female students feeling insecure about their future courses stood at 37.4 percent and 53.0 percent, respectively, both hitting the highest levels since the survey started.Speech

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