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Global Studies - break from technology

Teenagers and higher-income households most likely to struggle with technology addiction

A third of the online population across 17 countries firmly agree with the statement, “I find it difficult to take a break from technology (my mobile device, computer, TV, etc.), even when I know I should”. 

Less than half that number firmly disagree.

Gender makes next to no difference in people’s struggle to ‘unplug’ from technology, but there are marked differences across age and income groups:

  • Younger age groups struggle most with technology addiction
  • High income households show biggest gap between those finding it easy or difficult to take tech breaks.
  • China and the Americas have highest percentages who find taking a technology break difficult. Germans lead in finding it easy.

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