People here spend over 12 hours on gadgets daily

Commuters using their smartphones and mobile devices while travelling on the MRT.
The Straits Times

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.

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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.

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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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This article was first published on Apr 03, 2017.
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