SEOUL, Aug. 2 (Korea Bizwire) — A new study has revealed married people spend less time using their smartphones than those who are unmarried.
According to a study conducted by the Barun ICT Research Center at Yonsei University last year with a sample of 6,090 individuals, the average time spent on smartphones among married people was estimated at 26.6 hours per week, nearly 8 hours fewer than their unmarried counterparts.
When broken down by gender, women were found to use smartphones much less after getting married than men.
Married women spent a weekly average of 27 hours using smartphones, while unmarried women spent 37.6 hours.
The gap shrunk between married and unmarried men, with unmarried men spending 5.8 hours more on their smartphone each week.
However, the trend was observed to change drastically with those over 50, with married women spending more time using their smartphones.
While women in their 30s used smartphones more for social network services instead of playing games after getting married, the smartphone usage pattern among men on the other hand didn’t change much.
“Though marriage influences women more so than men regarding smartphone use, there was little difference in the total hours spent between married men and women. It’s a stereotype that married men spend much more time on smartphones than married women,” the Barun ICT Research Center said.
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