It also found that 5.2 percent of girls and 3.9 percent of boys are addicted to the Internet, measured by a globally recognized 20-item gauge. As many as 91 percent of students use social media, including social networking sites.
The free communication application LINE was used by 85.5 percent of respondents, and 66.9 percent use microblogging site Twitter. Regarding who they communicate with on social media sites, the average number of “only-online” friends came to 19.4, topping the 15 real-life friends reported. Among those addicted to the Internet, the number of such only-online friends stood at 93.1.
When using smartphones, students spend 65.4 minutes per day browsing social media and 36.5 minutes posting on social media, the survey said. About 40.7 percent said they sleep less due to smartphone use, while 34.1 percent said they spend less time studying.
(The Japan News)