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How You Lock Your Phone Might Be Influenced By Your Age, Study Suggests
By Mikelle Leow, 21 Jun 2019
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Your smartphone habits change as you get older, down to how you prefer to lock your phone, a new study finds.
For the first time ever, a team at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada has noted correlations between age and smartphone use. Understanding how different age groups use their phones will help researchers and inventors figure out how to design devices that are protected from unauthorized handlers.
“By tracking actual users during their daily interactions with their device, we now have real-world insights that can be used to inform future smartphone designs,” said Konstantin Beznosov, electrical and computer engineering professor at UBC.
134 participants aged between 19 and 63 year old had a specialized app installed on their Android devices. The researchers then utilized the app to study their lock and unlock patterns in a span of two months.
Interestingly, they found that older users prefer to let their smartphones auto-lock, while younger participants tend to manually lock their phones. The likelihood is higher the greater the age.
Additionally, older smartphone owners seem to opt for PIN unlocking systems rather than fingerprint unlocks, and that they tend to unlock their devices when they are stationary—such as when they are at their work desks or resting at home—rather than on the go.
Older users also appear to use their smartphones less frequently than younger phone owners. The study shows that there is a 25-percent drop in the number of phone usage sessions for every 10-year interval in age. This means a 25-year-old might be looking at his or her device 20 times a day, but a 35-year-old might only refer to it 15 times.
The finding is in line with recent research showing that young smartphone owners are growing horn-like bones out of their skulls to adapt to their reliance on handsets.
Gender also seems to come into play with the manner in which you lock and unlock your smartphone. As it seems, younger female volunteers are more likely to use their phones over longer durations than men, as the research has found that women in their 20s look at their phones at more extended periods than men of the same age.
The above statistic, however, seems to change as you get older, as the smartphone habits of males in their 50s have shown that they tend to use their phones more often than women of their age.
[via Eurekalert, cover image via Shutterstock]
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