SEOUL, Oct. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean online research company announced on Monday that South Koreans spend more than one-fourth of their day using earphones or headphones.
Embrain, an online market research institution, conducted survey on 1,000 participants between the ages of 13 and 59 to study the amount of time South Koreans spent using earphones and headphones on a daily basis.
Younger people tended to spend more time plugged in. Respondents in their teens and twenties said they spend more than one-third of their day using these devices.
Participants in their thirties to fifties answered that they spend one-fifth of their day using them.
Among the 988 respondents, 64.1 percent said that they use earphones and headphones primarily while on the move.
Other respondents answered they use these devices while resting (52.9 percent), waiting for someone (34.3 percent), and while talking to someone on the phone (27 percent).
As for why they use these devices, the majority of the participants answered they use them to listen to music or watch videos (54 percent) or to refrain from disturbing other people (54 percent).
Other respondents said they use them to better concentrate on the content being consumed (48.4 percent) or to cancel ambient noise (43.3 percent).
More than half of the respondents said they use two pairs of earphones or headphones interchangeably on a regular basis (54.3 percent), rather than use just one pair (28.8 percent).
As for how frequently they replace their devices for new ones, the majority answered that they replace them irregularly (25.8 percent).
Participants agreed that wearing earphones and headphones makes it more difficult to react to dangerous situations (61.2 percent), while some said excessive volume could lead to hearing loss (56.5 percent).
H. M. Kang (firstname.lastname@example.org)