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- 28 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds would miss their mobile phone more than the Internet or television
- Children aged between 12 and 15 are also most attached to their mobile handset
It is proof, if any were needed, of the increasing dominance that the mobile phone has in our lives.
Young people would rather give up watching television than go without their mobile phones, according to a survey by Ofcom.
For the first time since the media regulator began conducting research in 2005, 28 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds said they would miss their mobile handset more than either the Internet or television.
Twenty-six per cent said they would miss the Internet the most, while 23 per cent could not do without television.
Children aged between 12 and 15 are also more attached to their mobile phone, with 26 per cent saying they would struggle more without it than without the Internet or television, which both attracted 24 per cent of the vote.
For adults aged 16 and over, television remains the medium that would be missed the most, but the figure has decreased from 50 per cent in 2009 to 44 per cent in 2010.
Those aged 12 to 15 spend 17.2 hours each week watching television – with time spent on the Internet not far behind at 15.6 hours.
The time that adults spend on the internet has also increased from 12.2 hours in 2009 to 14.2 hours in 2010.
Ofcom’s research found that the number of text messages sent by 12 to 15-year-olds has doubled to 113 each week compared to 54 in 2007.
Meanwhile, 40 per cent of adults, down from 46 per cent in 2005, have concerns about television such as offensive content, programme quality or repeat.
James Thickett, Ofcom research director, said: ‘While TV remains the most used media among younger people, the internet is quickly catching up, and TV is no longer the media that would be missed the most among this age group.
‘Younger people are spending longer online and this is being driven by increased take-up and use of smartphones and games consoles to get online.’
Ofcom’s adult media literacy report surveyed 2,117 adults aged 16 and over and the children‘s literacy report surveyed 2,071 children aged five to 15 and their parents.