Cellphone obsession leads Japanese children to 'scary world'
By Miwa Suzuki
Agence France-Presse
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.