Half of young Canadian adults spend two or more hours per day on their cellphones
More than a quarter of Canadians say they use their cellphones at least two hours a day, including 50 per cent of respondents aged 18 to 34, according to a recent poll addressing the use of and attitudes toward the devices in Canada.
The Forum Research poll, which surveyed 1,408 Canadian voters, found that nearly half of Canadians feel smartphone makers are not doing enough to fight cellphone dependency.
“Do you agree or disagree that smartphone makers, such as Apple or Samsung, are doing enough to fight smartphone addiction?“ the poll asked.
Just six per cent agreed with the question.
“A plurality, 45 per cent, feel that the smartphone makers are not doing enough to fight smartphone addiction,” said Lorne Bozinoff, president of Toronto-based Forum Research.
Last month, JANA Partners and the California State Teachers Retirement System, which are both large investors in Apple Inc., urged that company to address unintended negative aspects of cellphone use among children and teenagers, such as being distracted in the classroom.
In a reply to the Financial Post, Apple reiterated a January statement on the issue, that the company is “committed to meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations, especially when it comes to protecting kids.”
In terms of daily usage, the poll found 34 per cent of Canadians spend less than an hour on their smartphones; 27 per cent between one and just under two hours; and 28 per cent two hours or more.
Only 10 per cent of respondents said they did not own a smartphone.
Of average daily smartphone use of two or more hours, Manitoba and Saskatchewan respondents are out front at 36 per cent, followed by the Atlantic provinces at 35 per cent.
Canadians ages 65 and over are least likely (eight per cent) to use their smartphone at least two hours.
Respondents were also asked how quickly they responded to messages on their cellphones.
Across the country, 48 per cent said they replied within 10 minutes, and 71 per cent said they replied in less than 30 minutes. The highest rate of those responding in under 30 minutes came in the Atlantic provinces (76 per cent) and Alberta and British Columbia (75 per cent).
Among age groups, 18- to 34-year-olds were tops, with 78 per cent returning smartphone messages in less than 30 minutes.
The poll was taken Jan. 22-24, 2018 in an interactive voice response phone survey and is considered accurate +/- three per cent 19 times out of 20.
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