The rate of smartphone users among students owning mobile phones at elementary, junior high and high schools in Japan stood at 56.8 pct in late 2013, up 20.8 percentage points from a year earlier, a Cabinet Office survey showed Wednesday. The rate stood at 82.8 pct for high school students, up 26.9 points, 47.4 pct for junior high students, up 22.1 pct, and 13.6 pct for elementary school children, up 6.0 points.
The recent survey covered 3,000 students aged 10-17 and their parents in one month from Nov. 9, 2013. Valid responses were received from 60.6 pct of the students and 66.4 pct of the parents. Reflecting the rapid spread of smartphones, students said they spend a daily average of 107.4 minutes online, up from 97.1 minutes in the previous November 2012 survey. The percentage of students who spend more than two hours online rose 4.7 points to 39.8 pct.