The Times Of India , Feb 22 (PTI) As many as 1.2 billion people around the world spend less than 5 hours per day on the bus or train.
But a recent study by a company called Ooyala and conducted by the Times of Israel found that only 4% of them are using their smartphone to get around the city, and only 4.4% of the world’s population does the same.
The research was based on a survey of 3,400 people who visited 12 major cities and surveyed about 5,000 of them on how they get around.
Ooyala, which has a strong presence in India, said it was the first to gather this information, and its findings suggest that more than half of people around India are using the smartphone to access information.
“This means that nearly 50% of our users are using smartphones as a primary mode of transportation,” said Ooyalas co-founder, Ankit Agarwal.
“Our results show that about 4.2% of India’s population is using their mobile phones for transportation, and a significant portion of this is people living in urban areas,” he added.
The findings come as mobile technology has come under increasing scrutiny for its impact on the health and environment.
A recent report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) found that more and more people are using mobile phones to navigate health risks and to connect to services, and more and the older they are, the greater their risk of developing diseases.
Agarwal said that this may have a lot to do with the fact that mobile technology is increasingly used in urban centres and in remote rural areas where people are often dependent on public transport.
“In rural India, we are the only major country that has not developed an infrastructure that allows people to walk from one location to another, so they are dependent on private cars,” he said.
“There is a lack of public transport, and when people are dependent of public transportation, they are more susceptible to developing diseases.”