Survey finds most Filipinos can’t live without their phones

Filipinos are most likely not to last a day without their mobile devices, as they have been found to be the most dependent on smartphones among consumers surveyed in Asia.

Telenor Asia’s new “Digital Lives Decoded” study showed that digital dependence is strongest in the Philippines, with 29 percent saying they are never without their mobile phones.

People in Thailand are the second most dependent on their mobile phones with 25 percent, while Vietnam is an outlier with fewer than one in 10 or nine percent, never without it.

The highest usage is also seen in the Philippines as well as in Indonesia, with nearly 73 percent of respondents in these countries spending at least five hours daily using their phones.

Much lower rates at this usage level were seen in Thailand at 46 percent, Singapore (46 percent), and Vietnam (47 percent).

The survey also revealed that respondents in the Philippines are the highest users of social media, with 70 percent using their devices for social networking daily.

Respondents in the country are also more likely to use their mobile devices for email communications, work, and entertainment on a daily basis.

The study, released in conjunction with Telenor’s 25th anniversary in Asia, surveyed over 8,000 mobile internet users across eight countries (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) in South and Southeast Asia.

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