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Special English Technology Report
A new study finds Indonesians are increasingly exchanging their older wireless telephones for “smartphones.” A smartphone is a device that combines a wireless phone and a computer. The Nielsen research company talked to 1,900 people last year in some of Indonesia’s largest cities. Anil Anthony is an official with Nielsen Indonesia. He says the company’s study shows smartphone ownership in Indonesia has increased by five percent since 2012. He says about 25 percent of Indonesians use a smartphone. There are almost 247 million people in the country. But Mr. Anthony says that smartphone use is much higher in most other developing Asian countries. Uday Rayana is a communications observer in Jakarta. He says smartphone use has become part of daily life for many Indonesians. But he is not sure if that is good. He questions whether time on smartphones is productive. The Nielsen study found that the average Indonesian smartphone user spends more than two hours a day on their phones. The study said users talk, go on the Internet, or use apps, short for computer applications. The study found women spend more time talking on their phones than men do. It said the most active smartphone users are 25 to 30 year olds. And it found smartphone use reaches its highest level after the workday ends. A Nielson report last year found that smartphone usage differs widely across Asia. More than 80 percent of people in Singapore and Malaysia own smartphones. But in the Philippines and India, less than 20 percent do.