Youngsters are spending less time socializing in person, apparently due in part to the spread of various communications tools such as smartphones, according to the latest survey by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry.
The ministry conducts the survey every five years to try to figure out how people spend their waking hours.
According to the survey, conducted in October 2011 and covering 200,000 people aged 10 and older, time devoted to socializing fell across all age groups, with the tendency especially noticeable among young people.
Those aged 15 to 19 said they engage other people face to face for an average of 21 minutes a day, seven minutes less than in the previous survey in 2006, while those aged 20 to 24 spend 36 minutes, four minutes less.
Compared with the survey 10 years ago, the average time spent socializing decreased by 12 minutes for the 15-19 age group and 16 minutes for the 20-24 group.
SOURCE: Japan Times