Kids rate mobile phone as best friend

The Mobile Life report studies our new interactions with the mobile world
The Mobile Life report studies our new interactions with the mobile world

According to the latest Mobile Life Report, published by The Carphone Warehouse, kids rate their mobiles as their best friend.

This is the fifth iteration of the report, which is the result of a study that has been running since 2006, studying the relationships 6,000 adults and kids in the UK and US have with mobile and internet technology.

Dr Sorensen, senior lecturer in Information Systems at the London School of Economics and Political Science said: "We found interesting similarities and differences in our study of two countries.

"Although we found differences in the use of email, SMS, instant messaging, and landline phones for staying in touch with friends and family between the two countries, we found no differences in the level of mobile phone use for these purposes."


The report discovered a larger amount of teenagers in the US were using SMS messaging more than ever before, where traditionally they have lagged behind their more technologically-minded European and South-Asian cousins.

"Since the dawn of the mobile age in the mid-'90s, Europe and South-East Asia have seen much more advanced use of mobile phones than USA. Mobile Life 2008, however, found that a significant proportion of North American youth is clearly engaged in intense use of SMS messages," said Sorenson.

"The internet and mobile phones play an important role in breaking traditional barriers for engagement. There is an appetite especially amongst the youth across the two countries to engage, discuss, and communicate.

"This is reflected in over a third of the children in both countries nominating the mobile phone as their most important possession, while the adult generations were most likely to nominate the TV," he added.

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.