2% of smartphone users never pick them up - Liberation

2% of smartphone users never pick them up – Liberation

According to an INSEE study published on Monday, 94% of young people between the ages of 15 and 29 own at least one smartphone. The rate of mobile equipment for the population varies according to age, degree level and standard of living.

It’s a scene from everyday life at rush hour on the Paris metro. Of the dozens of commuters standing in one section of the train – we count ourselves on it – ten, with a scoop, fix their eyes on their smartphones of all brands (except, of course, BlackBerry). Some are watching YouTube videos, others are reading the news, while a neighbor is chatting on Snapchat. Only the passenger stands out with a paperback in his hands (sometimes there are more readers). But is there any reason to be surprised that cell phones are so ubiquitous? Not really, to read the latest study by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee) on the rate of French equipment in terms of fixed and mobile phones.

Monday published resultsAnnual household survey on information and communication technology (ICT households) Non-Appeal: More than three-quarters of French people (76.8%) had at least one smartphone in 2021. Young people are the most equipped: 94% of 15-29-year-olds They have a phone in their pocket (99% own at least one mobile phone – perhaps a Nokia 6310, out of nostalgia) versus just over a third of those over the age of 75 – but 80% own one. “The rate of mobile phone equipment increases with the diploma level of the general population”, Also note the authors of this focus Stéphane Legleye, Amandine Nougaret, and Louise Viard-Guillot.

2% of smartphone owners never pick them up

For INSEE, the rate of household equipment in mobile phones also depends on the size of the urban unit and the level of income. Basically, the more people live in a conglomerate, and the more people who belong to the wealthier classes, the more equipped they are. “This trend is more pronounced for smartphone equipment, where the equipment rate ranges from 65% to 95% depending on tenths of the standard of living, Statisticians continue. Farmers and retirees are characterized by a low rate of smartphone equipment, far from employees and workers.

Another lesson from this notice: Having a mobile phone doesn’t mean you can have access to it. Thus, 2% of mobile phone owners do not respond at all, while almost a third of them systematically filter calls. But the proportion of those people who decline or drop calls is higher among the elderly, men, Parisians, and residents of foreign administrations. The digital divide (no smartphone and no internet connection at home) belongs to 7% of the French, “Thus depriving them to a great extent of the exchange and communication possibilities offered by the Internet.” Finally, the good old landline is crying. In just three years, the proportion of French equipped with a telephone device connected to a socket increased from 87 to 77%. But that’s not all: its bearers are also likely to say that it never rings or that they never catch it.

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