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Age comparison of daily mobile phone usage time in France 2017

 According to this survey conducted in February 2017, the younger the respondents were, the more time they spent on their mobile phone. Among French people aged 15 to 17, 28 percent admitted using their mobile phone over four hours a day, while those surveyed aged 35 to 49 were 44 percent to spend less than an hour on their phones. Indeed, as of 2019, responding young adults from 18 to 24 years old spend in average 5:48 hours on digital devices daily (smartphone, tablet or computer).  

Activities carried out on mobile devices

   What do French people use their mobile devices for? Firstly, it appears that almost 90 percent of the time spend on mobile devices was consecrated to the use of mobile apps. Regarding the activities carried out on mobile devices, smartphones were the first device mentioned for playing video games among respondents in the Statista Global Consumer Survey from early 2019. Moreover, the share of French people using a mobile phone for purchasing online has increased from 10 percent in 2013 to almost 40 percent in 2018.  

Screen time and health issues

  Although the younger generations are the ones spending the most time on digital devices, they appeared also the most conscious of the health issues related to screens. In 2019, the 18-34-year-olds were those who stated the most believing that it would be beneficial to their health and wellbeing to reduce their screen time.

Breakdown of mobile phone users in France in 2017, by age and daily usage time

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Release date

March 2017



Survey time period

February 9-15, 2017

Number of respondents

1,202 respondents

Age group

15 years and older

Special properties

music-enabled mobile phone owners in France*

Method of interview

Computer-assisted web interviews (CAWI)

Supplementary notes

This question was phrased by the source as follows: "Combien d'heures par jour passez-vous sur votre téléphone mobile ?"

* 88 percent of the sample.

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