Cellphone obsession leads Japanese children to 'scary world'
By Miwa Suzuki
First Posted 11:51am (Mla time) 01/11/2008
TOKYO--Young Japanese people are evolving a new lifestyle for the
21st century based on the cellphones that few are now able to live
While about one-third of Japanese primary school students aged 7-12
years old use cellphones, by the time they get to high school that
figure has shot up to 96 percent, according to a government survey
released last month.
They are using their phones to read books, listen to music, chat with
friends and surf the Internet -- an average of 124 minutes a day for
high school girls and 92 minutes for boys.
While the wired world they now inhabit holds enormous advantages for
learning and communicating, it also brings a downside, say experts
who point to a rise in cyberbullying and a growing inability among
teenagers to deal with other people face to face.