• February 6th, 2012
  • Carly Page

PhoneTeenagers in Portugal send 100 texts a day on average, according to a study from the Superior Technical Institute.

The survey, carried out during the 2010/2011 school year, questioned 2500 students aged between 15 and 17 from 40 different Portuguese schools. The findings show that 99.5 percent of teenagers currently own a mobile phone, while 30 percent of those with handsets received their first one at the age of 10.

In terms of usage, the survey reveals that a whopping 97.7 percent of respondents use their mobile phones to send text messages – 100 a day on average. 96.7 percent answered that they use their mobile phones to make calls to Portuguese friends and family, and spend an average of 30 minutes each day nattering.

Furthermore, 81 percent revealed that the use their mobile device to listen to music, and 52.3 percent of the students play games on their handset. Most interestingly, 17.7 percent of those surveys admitted that the own more than one mobile phone, while 3.6 percent confessed to having three or more handsets.

In terms of health, the majority of the students, somewhat surprisingly, said that they were worried about the possibly negative health effects of mobile phone use, while 31.2 percent said they were not bothered by the widely-reported issues. What’s more, only 19.8 percent of students said they had done some research into the issues supposedly caused by mobile phones.

[Source: The Portugal News, Image: Flickr]