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17 June 2020Bilbao Campus

DEUSTO analyses the influence of mobile phones on adolescents

Ana Estévez, Researcher at DEUSTO team Assessment, Clinics and Health (Faculty of Psychology and Education) has participated, in collaboration with Celside Insurance and PantallasAmigas, in a study on awareness and use of mobile phone among teenagers.

According to a survey run among around 1,350 Secondary Education grade students from public and concerted schools in Barcelona and Madrid, it appears that 8 out of 10 teenagers are aware that they use too much their mobile phone. In particular, the survey shows that 42% of respondent students believe that their academic performance has been affected several times by the use of the network and 25% recognise that has stopped studying or seeing friends for using the smartphone.

Another interesting fact relates to the use of mobile phones during Covid-19 confinement. According to the results of the survey, 40% of students in 1st grade normally use their mobile up to 3 hours per day during the week and more than 18% between 3 and 6 hours. However, the average connection time has increased by 2 hours for 37% of respondents during the pandemic alarm time and by 3 hours for 23%. The main use has been to communicate with friends as well as to study for 87% of the adolescents.