Smartphone Use in Korea is Getting Out of Hand

Smartphone use is increasing everywhere in the world.  However, smartphone use in Korea is increasing at an alarming rate.  South Korea ranks at the top for smartphone ownership at 95%. The other 5% have a mobile phone.  Therefore in South Korea, smartphone or mobile phone ownership is at 100%. Compare this to the United States, where smartphone ownership is at around 80%.  

Smartphone Use in Korea

Smartphone on SubwayIf you have ever traveled on the Seoul subway you will see a vast majority on their smartphones.  The average Korean goes to sleep looking at their smartphone in bed. They wake up to check their smartphone and head to their office where they will look at a computer screen for over 10 hours a day.  When they get off work they might go home and watch their favorite Korean drama or movie. The average Korean adult spends an average of over 9 hours a day staring at digital screens. Is this healthy?  

What Harm is it Causing?

Humans were not meant to stare at electronic screens all day.  Therefore the biggest harm comes to our eyes. It is no wonder why Lasik surgery in Korea has increased every year since 2010.  However, most Korean adults didn’t start using smartphones until they were out of college. Compare that to Korean kids having access to smartphones as early as the age of three.  What long term damage is this doing to children in Korea? Early tests show that children in Korea that spend an average of 3 hours a day on smartphones and tablets score lower in language tests.  However, since the data is so limited, scientists will not have a full answer until many of these children grow up. It might take a decade to see the real effects of smartphone use.

Korean EdTech Startups Using Smartphones and Tablets to Educate Children

SmartStudy PinkFongSmartphone and tablet use will only go up as technology advances.  Many Korean Edtech startups focus solely on education through mobile apps or computers.  One Korean EdTech startup SmartStudy developed a brand called “PinkFong” which was a global hit thanks to their baby shark series.  SmartStudy creates educational entertainment content for young children on Youtube.  Now the startup is a multimillion-dollar content developer and now wants to create animated television shows, musicals, and even a feature film.  SmartStudy was able to capture the Korean market through the emergence of smartphones in Korea.  As more and more companies look to use smartphones and computers to educate children, it is important to quickly find out the impact the use of smartphones in Korea is having on our brains and bodies.