Under-25s in UK now spend a third of their spare time on mobile devices
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Under-25s in UK now spend a third of their spare time on mobile devices

It won’t come as a surprise that young people spend a lot of time on their mobile phones, but the extent of that time – in the UK at least – might be a shock. According to a new study by British statisticians, if you’re under 25, you probably spend around 14 hours a week on your phone, tablet, or similar device. That’s a massive third of your overall leisure time. 

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The Office for National Statistics published a note on Tuesday that highlighted differences in how various demographics use their mobile devices. By 56 and over, the percentage of leisure time spent browsing on these devices fell to just 10%. One of the big differences, the researchers said, was social media, with young people spending far more time on Facebook, Twitter and similar sites than their elders.

Notably, this has led to less time spent on sporting and cultural pursuits than researchers found just two years earlier. And it has led to a significant decline in socializing: since 2000, brits are chilling with their peers 13% less.

Researchers said: “It’s possible that with increased device use, people are becoming less likely to go out of their way to meet up and socialize. Easy internet access enables people to talk to friends via social media apps, but they’re still doing so alone.


Dominion holds a number of companies exposed to the trend towards mobile browsing in its Global Trends Managed Fund.

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