Many of Hong Kong’s young people are on their smartphones for up to four hours every day and are unable to control their usage, a recent survey has found.
Between October and November last year, the Anti-Pornographic and Violence Media Campaign surveyed 1,000 students and youngsters about their mobile smartphone usage.
More than 30 per cent of respondents said they were on their smartphones three to four hours per day, and about 40 per cent admitted to not being able to fully control their use.
When asked about the information they consumed on their phones, more than 60 per cent said they would never click into news websites or original sources for content. Instead, many relied on information shared on social media by their friends, the findings suggested.
The Anti-Pornographic and Violence Media Campaign is made up of educators, parents and religious groups that preach conservative values and seek to “protect” youngsters from indecent influences from the media.
“The survey results found that 40 per cent don’t even care if the news is real or false before sharing. This is not ideal,” said Helen Fu Dan-mui, deputy general secretary at the Society of Truth and Light, a conservative evangelical pressure group.
“It means their views of the world are shaped by others … sending or sharing links with them.”
The survey results reflected the findings of a 2015 study by global research consultancy TNS, which showed Hong Kong millennials – born between the early 1980s and early 2000s – spent about 20 hours per week on their phones, or about 42.5 full days per year.
Hong Kong has one of the world’s highest smartphone penetration rates, with some market research reports putting the figure at 87 per cent.