Almost one in two young people uses the mobile internet

A total of 96 percent of those between the ages of twelve and 19 own a cell phone, and more than 80 percent use it daily, according to the first results of the JIM study 2012 ("youth, information, (multi-)media") of the media-pedagogical research association sudwest, published in stuttgart on tuesday. Mobile internet use is gaining in importance. Compared to last year, the number of young people who regularly use their cell phones to access the internet has doubled to 40 percent.

And the use of smartphones is also increasing rapidly, with almost one in two people between the ages of 12 and 19 now owning one – almost twice as many as a year ago.

Cell phones play a bigger role for girls than for boys. Nine out of ten girls between the ages of 12 and 19 use it every day, according to the study, and among young people the figure is three-quarters. Two-fifths of all young people regularly log on to their social network via cell phone.

The representative study maps the media behavior of young people in germany. Around 1200 young people between the ages of 12 and 19 were interviewed by telephone in the spring of 2012.

The full JIM study 2012 will be published on 30. November 2012. In addition to data on cell phone use, it contains information on the leisure time behavior of young people as well as media usage data on television, radio, internet, books and computer games.

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