4.3 percent of the total Hungarian population claim to be fully addicted to smartphones, which is nearly half a million people, according to the Information Society Research Institute of the National University of Public Service (NKE ITKI).
According to the university, the survey on smartphone addiction in Hungarian society, conducted in November 2021, is representative of the Hungarian population by age, gender, education, and type of settlement.
The highest values were not measured in the youngest age group, but in the 30-39 age group. While almost one in three (30.1 percent) of 18-29-year-olds felt this way, four in ten (39.7 percent) of 30-39-year-olds felt this way. The proportion is much lower among the oldest age group, but even among those aged 60 and over, almost 16% said they were addicted. A fifth of the population (20.6 percent) also consider themselves more dependent than not.
The research also looked at specific life situations, such as how much a particular age group uses their phone while driving. In traffic jams or at red lights, one in seven people regularly reach for their mobile phone, whether to check messages or news. And again, the 30-39 age group leads the way. One in five (21.3 percent) of those under 30 and one in four (27.1 percent) of those aged 30-39 do the same in such situations.
A third of respondents cannot stop looking at their phones while watching a film or having a family lunch. The research found that women are more likely to look at their phones regularly. The survey also found that the intertwining of work and leisure time is illustrated by the fact that four out of ten people feel compelled to respond to work emails outside working hours.
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