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Research studies

Understanding use of mobile by young people

The GSMA and NTT docomo’s Mobile Society Research Institute have partnered on an on-going research project to investigate children’s use of mobile services around the world.

To enable year-on-year comparisons, standard questions were posed to children and their parents, including:

  • Age of first mobile ownership
  • Reasons for getting a mobile phone
  • How they feel about their mobile phone
  • Parents’ concerns over their children’s use of mobile phones.

We are now recruiting countries to participate in the 2015 global research into children’s use of mobile phones. For more information click here or contact Sam Lynch.

The project is supported by:

Children’s use of mobile phones 2013: An international comparison

Children’s use of mobile phones – An international comparison 2013 provides a detailed picture of children’s mobile phone behaviour in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Now in its fifth year, the 2013 study surveyed 3,560 pairs of children and their parents/guardians. It builds on previous research studies, and features Algeria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia for the first time.

Children’s use of mobile phones 2012: An international comparison

Children’s use of mobile phones – An international comparison 2012 provides a detailed picture of children’s mobile phone usage across five different countries – Chile, Egypt, India, Indonesia and Japan. Now in its fourth year, the 2012 study surveyed 4,500 children and their parents or guardians. It builds on work previously conducted in India, Japan and Egypt, and features Indonesia and Chile for the first time.

Children’s use of mobile phones 2011: An international comparison

The Children’s use of mobile phones — An international comparison 2011 report provides a detailed picture of mobile phone use by children from the age of eight to 18, following research conducted with more than 3,500 pairs of children and parents in Japan, India, Paraguay and Egypt.

Now in its third year, it builds on the previous two studies conducted in Japan, India, Mexico, Cyprus, China and Korea. The research is sponsored by mobile phone operators in each country, and has covered more than 15,500 pairs of children and their parents.

Children’s use of mobile phones and personal relationships 2010: An international comparison

In 2009, NTT docomo’s Mobile Society Research Institute and the GSMA jointly conducted an international research study examining the ways in which children communicate through mobile phones, and the role that the mobile phone – a personal medium – plays in the formation and development of personal relationships by and between children. This study builds on a previous research conducted by the same organisations in 2008, which considered the driving forces behind the penetration of mobile phones amongst children. The report is based on questionnaire surveys conducted in the summer of 2009 in six countries: Japan, South Korea, China, India, Mexico and Cyprus. Approximately 6,000 pairs of respondents were interviewed, each consisting of a child aged between eight and 18 and his or her parent or guardian.

Children’s use of mobile phones 2009: An international comparison

This report aims to shed light on these questions. It is based on questionnaire surveys conducted in five countries; Japan, Korea, China, India, and Mexico in the summer of 2008. We interviewed approximately 6,000 pairs of respondents, each consisting of a child and his or her parent or guardian. In addition, we also conducted qualitative interview surveys in Japan and Mexico as case studies to give us deeper insight into children’s use of mobile phones.

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