People in Singapore spend over 12 hours on gadgets daily: Survey

Commuters using their smartphones and mobile devices while travelling on the MRT.
Commuters using their smartphones and mobile devices while travelling on the MRT. PHOTO: ST FILE

Slightly over half a day - that is how much time people in Singapore spend daily on gadgets such as mobile phones, tablets, computers, television sets and video game consoles.

People here clock 12hr 42min a day on average on these devices, according to a recent survey.

This is less than Malaysia's 13hr 42min, but more than the 10hr 24min for Australia and 8hr 48min for New Zealand.

The large amount of time spent on gadgets appears to have a number of benefits. Six in 10 Singapore consumers said their smartphones and tablets have had a positive impact on their social lives and work productivity.

Slightly more than one in two said using these mobile gadgets gave them a boost in happiness.

However, nearly three in 10 said such mobile devices negatively affected their sleep.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2017, with the headline 'People here spend over 12 hours on gadgets daily'. Print Edition | Subscribe