BOGOTA – Ninety-one percent of young people in 10 Ibero-American countries regard their smartphones as indispensable, according to a survey by Comunidad Laboral Universia/Trabajando.com released on Friday.
The network of Ibero-American universities polled 5,506 people in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Portugal and Uruguay.
Only 9 percent of respondents agreed that “a smartphone is not essential in daily life,” according to a Universia statement.
Fifty-four percent of those polled said they consider themselves dependent on their smartphones.
“Communication with contacts remains the main use of these technological devices,” the report said. “The research showed that 49 percent of users mostly use smartphones for texting and telephone conversations.”
Regarding time spent with their smartphones, 44 percent of people surveyed said they use the device less than four hours a day, 37 percent reported usage between four and 8 hours, and 19 percent said they use their smartphones more than eight hours a day.
Forty-three percent of participants rejected the notion that a smartphone is a distraction.
Conversely, 35 percent said they had been reprimanded – or had seen others reprimanded – for using smartphones during class or a business meeting.