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70% of young people obsessed with mobile phones: survey

70% of young people obsessed with mobile phones: survey

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) More than 70 percent of young people in Taiwan check their phones every night before going to bed, while around 65 percent of parents said they feel uneasy if their children do not answer their calls, according to the results of a survey published Wednesday. The survey by the King Car Education Foundation on the role of the mobile phone in family relations collected 1,668 valid responses from students and polled 1,024 parents in April. According to the survey results, around 80 percent of the younger respondents were smartphone users, an increase of almost 20 percent since 2005. However, many of them are over-dependent on their mobile devices, with 65 percent saying they panic if their phones run out of batteries. Asked about the function of their mobile phones, 82 percent of the respondents suggested that their devices are key for connecting with friends, compared with 64 percent who said they are more important in emergencies. Around 18 percent said that without their mobile phone they would feel cut off, according to the survey. The percentage of young people using wireless connection via smartphones has reached around 30 percent, seven times higher than the 2005 figure, it said. Meanwhile, 61 percent of the parents polled said they hope their children will report safety and things they encounter at school, while 48.2 percent of the younger respondents said they would only call their parents in the event of a problem. Although around 60 percent of the parents polled complained about their children's high phone bills, 44 percent agreed that the mobile phone has helped improve their relationships with their children, the survey said. The charitable foundation polled students from elementary schools and universities and their parents. The survey had a confidence level of 97 percent and a margin of error of plus and minus 3 percentage points. (By Hsu Chih-wei and Maia Huang)