Women Use Smartphones More than Men

Women Use Smartphones More than Men

Does gender dictate how heavily you will use technology?

Two studies have made peculiar findings related to the difference between men and women’s smartphone usage. In both cases, the findings seem to reveal evidence that women use their phones more, and in more circumstances, than men. Women’s daily smartphone use is higher, and the rate of heavy users is far higher among women.

A 2013 South Korean study of 1,236 students at six colleges in the city of Suwon found that 52 percent of women use their smartphones for 4 hours a day or more (compared to only 29.4% among men).

The same study found that more than 1 in 5 women experienced increased anxiety levels when they weren’t using their smartphones. Fewer than 1 in 10 men reported the same.

In 2014, a similar study in Texas found that female undergrads were spending around 10 hours a day on their phones, significantly more than the students in the Korean study. Men in that study only spent about 7.6 hours a day.

Both studies agreed that certain key social differences between men and women help explain the difference in usage rates. Men use their phones on their off time to communicate with others. Women, on the other hand, are much more likely to network and socialize. Women are also more likely to do so during other real-life activities such as walking or during a conversation. Men seem to use their phones for a more utilitarian purpose, and women use theirs for entertainment.

Sources:

Korea Times

OZY.com

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