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40% of Chinese parents: Children are addicted to mobile devices

Over 40 per cent of parents in China are confident their children are addicted to mobile devices, the results of a recent Child's Day survey show. It concludes that social media helps children make friendships but harms family relationships, Radio China informs.
Children between the ages of 10 and 17 spent an average of four hours and 36 minutes on mobile devices during the outbreak of the new coronavirus, which is two hours and six minutes more, according to a report by a Beijing consulting company.

According to the report, 31 per cent of parents who took part in the survey said their children spent too long on mobile devices, while 43.5 per cent believed they had become “dependent.”

Children and teenagers in China use an average of 2.51 social apps, the most popular being WeChat, QQ and Douyin, with 23.5% of them constantly trying to reduce their time spent on mobile devices and 41.5% doing so sometimes.

The poll included 1,208 parents from villages and cities. The older the children, the more they communicate through social media, with those in big cities more likely to online socialising, the study results suggest.

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