Top 24 countries whose citizens are the most addicted to smartphones
Recently, researchers from McGill University in Canada published a study on the smartphone usage of nearly 35,000 people in 24 countries around the world from 2014 to 2020. Among them, Chinese users rank first. in terms of mobile phone addiction. The research paper was published in Computers in Human Behavior. Judging from the published research results, China, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia rank among the top three. Canada ranks seventh, Japan ranks 15th, the United States ranks 18th and Germany ranks 24th. Only two countries in Africa are on the list of countries whose citizens are most dependent on smartphones. Egypt is first on the list and it ranks 9th while Nigeria is second and ranks 20th.
According to the newspaper, the subjects of this study are young adults, with an average age of 28.8 years. In addition, 60% of study participants are women. From 2014 to 2020, the problem of smartphone users around the world is getting worse. However, this trend is not stopping anytime soon.
Social norms and cultural expectations are a possible explanation for the different scores across countries, the researchers say. Many of these users need to motivate themselves through their smartphones. In fact, many have their businesses and livelihoods tied to their smartphones.
A set of comparisons was popular on the internet a few years ago. All subway passengers in a given country read books and newspapers, while most people on the subway in China look at their cellphones. Later, it was clarified that the country where the passengers read the newspapers is only because the mobile phone network in the metro is not available. However, in the same region, after the commercialization of 5G, the situation is no different from that of China.
Countries whose citizens are the most addicted to smartphones
The Chinese smartphone market is the largest smartphone market in the world. With over 1.5 billion smartphones sold in 2021, it’s no surprise it’s number one. This is because the more people there are in the area, the higher the likelihood of multiple user characters.
2. Saudi Arabia
With the oil-rich Middle Eastern nation’s massive rate of development, we expect no less. Saudi Arabia has no less than 21 million smartphone users and the popular brands are Apple, Huawei and Samsung.
Malaysia is another oil-rich country with a high addition of smartphones. Most users in this region prefer Android smartphones, especially Huawei and Samsung. However, Apple has a decent user base in Malaysia.
Brazil is the fourth country in the list and this country has a preference for Samsung smartphones. However, users here still buy Motorola, Huawei and Apple smartphones.
5. South Korea
South Korea is home to many technological advancements, so its smartphone addiction rate comes as no surprise. A few heavyweight manufacturers like Samsung and LG come from South Korea. Moreover, South Korea is the first country to market the latest 5G network. It also has the second highest number of 5G users in the world, second only to China.
A surprise entry here is for smartphone users in Iran. Although we cannot say why users in Iran are addicted to smartphones, we do know that there is not as much internet freedom in Iran as in other regions. Users in Iran cannot access YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Telegram, Snapchat and Medium. Additionally, the Iranian government also blocks some streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. According to reports, in 2013 about half of the top 500 websites in the world cannot be accessed in Iran. Also, if you like health, science, sports, news, porn and shopping, you may face some restrictions. However, this does not stop Iranian users from being addicted to smartphones. Samsung, Xiaomi and Huawei are the most popular smartphones in Iran
Smartphone sales in Canada easily exceed 30 million. In Canada, the favorite brands are Apple (obviously), Samsung and, surprisingly, Huawei. Despite the regular tight schedule in the North American country, its citizens are still addicted to smartphones.
Higher taxes in Turkey make smartphones more expensive in this transcontinental country than in Europe. Much of Turkey is in Western Asia while part of this country is in Eastern Europe. This market loves smartphones from Xiaomi, Samsung and Apple.
It is the first African country on the list of countries whose citizens are addicted to smartphones. Just like Turkey, Egyptians love smartphones from Xiaomi, Samsung and Apple in equal proportions. Well, just like Iran, there are a number of prohibitions in Egypt. You cannot have full access to popular apps like Skype, Facebook Messenger, FaceTime, and WhatsApp without a VPN.
The small landlocked country in South Asia is best known for hosting the highest peak on the planet, Mount Everest. However, Nepalis are also addicted to smartphones according to this study. Samsung and Xiaomi are the undisputed leaders in its smartphone market. However, Oppo, Vivo, Apple and Huawei with similar market shares lag far behind.
Considering Turkey as an Asian country, Italy is the first European country on this list. Even better, we can say that Italy is the first fully-fledged European country on this list. This seems to suggest that Europeans are not so addicted to smartphones.
In November last year, iPhones were the best-selling smartphones in the Pacific country. Samsung and Huawei also have decent market shares in the Australian smartphone market.
The Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea is also addicted to smartphones. In the smartphone market here, Samsung is king. However, Xiaomi and Apple also have significant market shares.
Serbia is only the second European country on this list. Here, Samsung firmly holds the smartphone market while Apple, Xiaomi and Huawei are not far behind.
Not every region with advanced technology is a surprise member of this list. At the time, Japan was a manufacturing heavyweight. Even now, the Asian island is still an important force in the technology industry. Samsung, Huawei and Apple are the leading smartphone brands in the Japanese smartphone market
16. United Kingdom
The UK is a small but diverse smartphone market. The likes of Samsung, Apple and Xiaomi have decent and similar market shares.
India is the second largest smartphone market in the world, behind China. This market has more than 120 million smartphones per year. Xiaomi has been at the top of the Indian smartphone market for about three consecutive years. Despite its massive smartphone sales, the region is not that addicted to smartphones.
18. United States of America
The United States is the third largest smartphone market in the world. It is right after China and India. One of the world’s leading smartphone brands, Apple, comes from the United States. Over 55% of US smartphone users use iPhones.
Another European country on this list is Romania. Smartphone users in this country prefer Samsung, Apple, Huawei, Xiaomi and Motorola smartphones.
The most populous and largest black nation, Nigeria, with over 200 million people, is also addicted to smartphones. However, this country is the only market that does not have Samsung or Apple as a preferred brand. Nigerians love Transsion Holdings smartphones which include brands like Tecno, Itel and Infinix. While Tecno and Infinix hold the highest market share in Nigeria, Samsung and Apple lag far behind.
The other four countries on the list are all European countries, including Belgium, Switzerland, France and Germany.
From this list, it appears that Asians are more addicted to smartphones followed by Europeans. Asia and Europe each have 8 countries on the list. However, most Asian countries are at the top of the list while European countries are at the bottom of the list.