30% of secondary students in Taiwan overuse smartphones: survey

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Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) About 30 percent of secondary students in Taiwan overuse their smartphones, according to a survey released by the Ministry of Education (MOE) Friday.

When assessed using a locally developed smartphone addiction scale, 19.3 percent of elementary students in the fourth to sixth grades, 29.9 percent of junior high students and 30.8 percent of senior high students showed a high degree of addiction with the devices, the survey revealed.

It also found that overuse is less likely if parents manage their children's smartphone use properly.

In the survey, 37.7 percent of elementary students said their parents attempt to limit the time they spend on smartphones but do themselves frequently use their phones.

In fact, 28.4 percent said their parents use mobile phones or computers during meals and 21.5 percent said their parents are often distracted by smartphones or computers.

Chou Chien (周倩), a professor at National Chiao Tung University's Institute of Education, who conducted the survey for the MOE, said it is very important for parents to set a good example if they want to prevent their children from overusing smartphones.

The survey was carried out between March and May this year and involved 10,012 students from 277 schools.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Y.F. Low)

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