Jessica Porter, 19, would rather spend her last $10 on topping up her phone than buying food.
Jessica Porter, 19, would rather spend her last $10 on topping up her phone than buying food. Renee Pilcher

Talk is cheap in hunger games

WOULD you spend your last $10 on your mobile phone or food?

According to the Mobile Youth Report 2012, 80% of youths would rather give their last $10 to top up their phone than buy food.

More than half of the Gympie youths surveyed yesterday rejected those findings and said staying connected was less important to them than eating. But the rest said they would choose their phone over food.

"That way you can stay in touch with your friends and lose weight," one quipped.

Aged between 10 and 29, the mobile youth generation places an increasing importance on mobile phones.

Sixty per cent sleep with their phone and many of those surveyed reported feelings of detachment or loss when they lived 24 hours without it.

Some even reported feeling "depressed", "panicky", "dysfunctional" or "dead".

It's an unprecedented level of emotional attachment to an electronic device.

The report, produced by mobileyouth.org, found youths spend about 15% of their disposable income on their mobile.

The international market for young mobile phone owners is worth $400 billion a year. In Australia, the prepaid youth mobile market is estimated to be worth about $470 million annually.

Face-to-face contact for youths now means interaction via Facebook, twitter, YouTube and other social mediums.

Gympie Times


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