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Nearly Half of the Teenagers in the US and Japan are ‘Addicted’ to Smartphones, Says New Report

Nowadays, one of the worst things that can happen to us is, like, 'Oh, I left my phone at home,'

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Brian Vega, left, Peyton Ruiz, second from left, and Max Marrero, right, check their smartphones at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami, Florida. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz) (VOA)
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California, October 12, 2017 : About half of teenagers in the United States and Japan say they are addicted to their smartphones.

University of Southern California (USC) researchers asked 1,200 Japanese about their use of electronic devices. The researchers are with the Walter Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. Their findings were compared with an earlier study on digital media use among families in North America.

“Advances in digital media and mobile devices are changing the way we engage not only with the world around us, but also with the people who are the closest to us,” said Willow Bay, head of the Annenberg School.

The USC report finds that 50 percent of American teenagers and 45 percent of Japanese teens feel addicted to their smartphones.

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Willow Bay, dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, Sept. 28, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California. VOA

“This is a really big deal,” said James Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media, an organization that helped with the study. “Just think about it, 10 years ago we didn’t even have smartphones.”

Sixty-one percent of Japanese parents believe their children are addicted to the devices. That compares to 59 percent of the American parents who were asked.

Also, more than 1-in-3 Japanese parents feel they have grown dependent on electronic devices, compared to about 1-in-4 American parents.

Leaving your phone at home is ‘one of the worst things’

“Nowadays, one of the worst things that can happen to us is, like, ‘Oh, I left my phone at home,’” said Alissa Caldwell, a student at the American School in Tokyo. She spoke at the USC Global Conference 2017, which was held in Tokyo.

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People look at their smartphones in front of an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo. VOA

A majority of Japanese and American parents said their teenagers used mobile devices too much. But only 17 percent of Japanese teens agreed with that assessment. In the United States, 52 percent of teens said they are spending too much time on mobile devices.

Many respond immediately to messages

About 7-in-10 American teens said they felt a need to react quickly to mobile messages, compared to about half of Japanese teens.

In Japan, 38 percent of parents and 48 percent of teens look at and use their devices at least once an hour. In the United States, 69 percent of parents and 78 percent of teens say they use their devices every hour.

Naturally, that hourly usage stops when people are sleeping, the researchers said.

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Young people using smartphones. (Photo courtesy Kuvituskuvat via Flickr) (VOA)

The devices are a greater cause of conflict among teens and parents in the United States than in Japan. One-in-3 U.S. families reported having an argument every day about smarthphone use. Only about 1-in-6 Japanese families say they fight every day over mobile devices.

Care more about devices than your children?

But 20 percent of Japanese teens said they sometimes feel that their parents think their mobile device is more important than they are. The percentage of U.S. teens saying they feel this way is 6 percent.

In the United States, 15 percent of parents say their teens’ use of mobile devices worsens the family’s personal relationships. Eleven percent of teens feel their parents’ use of smarthphones is not good for their relationship.

The USC research was based on an April 2017 study of 600 Japanese parents and 600 Japanese teenagers. Opinions from American parents and teenagers were collected in a study done earlier by Common Sense Media.

Bay, the Annenberg School of Communications dean, said the research raises critical questions about the effect of digital devices on family life.

She said the cultural effects may differ from country to country, but “this is clearly a global issue.” (VOA)

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Shenzhen Based Smartphone Maker Coolpad Asked Rival Xiomi To Stop Manufacturing Devices That Infringe Upon Patents

The handset maker's subsidiary named Yulong filed a fresh suit which alleged that Xiaomi has infringed upon its patents related to dual-SIM card support and User Interface (UI) design.

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The three patents which Xiaomi is alleged to have infringed upon include system interaction or UI type patents, involving interface, applications and icon configuration technologies. Pixabay

Shenzhen-based smartphone maker Coolpad said on Thursday that its rival Xiaomi has to immediately stop selling and manufacturing devices that infringe upon many of its patents — more than two weeks after it locked horns with the Chinese competitor.

The handset maker’s subsidiary named Yulong filed a fresh suit which alleged that Xiaomi has infringed upon its patents related to dual-SIM card support and User Interface (UI) design.

Highlighting that Coolpad is hopeful of Xiaomi putting an end to patent infringement, Nancy Zhang, Global Chief Patent Officer, Coolpad, told IANS in an interview that we are ready to actively co-operate with them to promote industrial progress but the infringement has to stop.

In terms of 5G technology, Coolpad is one of the few Chinese smartphone makers to engage in standard setting work.
Coolpad is reputed for its efforts in technological contributions and also making earnest efforts in operating its IP assets. Pixabay

“We filed for our first patent back in 1998. As you may be aware of, we have a global portfolio and the most famous one is our Android system implemented technology — the dual SIM card technology which is patented globally. We put hard efforts and took us five years of research and engineering to develop this technology,” Nancy informed.

The handset maker is looking forward to work with Xiaomi to find a better solution, strengthen intellectual property protection and create a good business environment.

Yulong Computer Telecommunication Scientific (Shenzhen) Co. Limited — a subsidiary of Coolpad — filed the lawsuit against Xiaomi Telecom Technology Co, Xiaomi Technology Co and Xiaomi Factory Co, in a Jiangsu court in China for copying its patents without authorisation.

According to the company, one of the patents involves its dual-SIM-card-dual-standby technology.

“With this (dual SIM) technology, Coolpad received the second prize for technological progress, Shenzhen Mayor Award and also the China Patent Award this is amongst the highest awards in China for recognition of technological contributions. We received these honours between 2015 and 2016,” Nancy said.

The company has filed for patent protections that includes 400 patents and 85 per cent of these are innovation patents.

The three patents which Xiaomi is alleged to have infringed upon include system interaction or UI type patents, involving interface, applications and icon configuration technologies, whose features are more visible and identifiable on the infringing mobile phones.

“This type of infringement is easy to detect and prove. All these patents involve basic communication, display and interaction functions and are difficult to be circumvented and substituted,” the handset maker said.

In three of the lawsuits filed by the company against Xiaomi, Coolpad has filed for customs protection for two patents, which are “method of mobile telecommunication device collaboration and its interface system” and “implementation method for multi-model mobile device call history interface system”.

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Notably, the “method of mobile telecommunication device collaboration and its interface system” was invented by Liu Bio, Coolpad’s President of AI Academy of Yulong.

Android system became popular in 2008 and the patent by Liu is still being used by smartphones.

Globally, the smartphone maker holds 13,000 patents and 500 of them are registered and protected in the United States including those related to 5G, User Interface (UI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Read More: Google India Launches an App to Solve Local Queries

Coolpad is reputed for its efforts in technological contributions and also making earnest efforts in operating its IP assets.

“In terms of 5G technology, Coolpad is one of the few Chinese smartphone makers to engage in standard setting work. Back in 2016, Coolpad was in a team along with ZTE and China Mobile to set 5G standardisation for China,” Nancy said. (IANS)