Sunday, March 15, 2009

New Study on Student Mobile Phone Usage in Other Countries

John Evans, a wonderful technology educator from Canada, sent me the study Children's Use of Mobile Phones: An International Comparison. Published by GSM Association and the Mobile Society Research Institute within NTT DOCOMO in February 2009. They studied children ages 9-18 in Korea, Japan, India, Mexico, and China. The document is over 60+ pages long, but I wanted to summarize one of the interesting finds; the number of students who own and use mobile phones.

% of 12 year olds with a cell phone
Japan=50%
Korea=87%
China=27%
India=11%
Mexico=45%

% of 17 year olds with a cell phone
Japan=96%
Korea=71%
China=80%
India=64%
Mexico=85%

According to the Tomorrow Group 2009 Speak Up Report, in the United States currently about 76% of secondary students (12-18) have a cell phone.


2 comments:

Karen Janowski said...

Any idea why there are fewer Korean 17 year olds than 12 year olds who own cell phones?

Liz Kolb said...

This was in the Report...they had a higher sampling of younger children in Korea than older children (this might be a reason for the difference). Another aspect of the report was how much parents in Korea trust new media over old media (TV, Film, and even books), thus they are more willing to give younger children new media tools.

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