Numbers Continue to Rise Among Fukui Prefecture’s High School Students for the 4th Consecutive Year
The Fukui Board of Education published the results of the 2019 Learning Environment Survey, which was geared towards high school students within the prefecture. The number of students using the internet for study rose to 84.3%, a 2.8 point increase compared to 2018. Use of smartphone apps and educational videos were at 26.8%; added as a survey item from 2015, this number has been continuously increasing during the four years since then.
The amount of time spent talking on a smartphone, using email messaging, and using social network services (SNS) averaged to 1.61 hours on a regular day. Students’ smartphone usage time of “less than 30 minutes”, “less than 1 hour”, and “1 to 2 hours”, were just under 25% for each category. 0.7% of students did not own a smartphone.
Meanwhile, the number of students who read newspapers or books continue to fall, on a downward trend.
The number of students who answered, “I read the newspaper everyday” and “I read the news paper 1 to 3 times a week” had gone down by 1.8 points to 13.8%, decreasing four years in a row. Students responding with, “I read the newspaper 1 to 3 times a month” was at 16.1%. Responses of “I seldom read/ I don’t read the newspaper” totaled to approximately 70% of the students surveyed.
The number of books read in a month averaged to 1.6 books, a 0.04 decrease from last year’s survey. Most of the students responded with “1 to 2 books”. 43.8% accounts for the percentage of students who responded with “I don’t even read one book”. It appears that students continue to drift away from books, as they advance through the school years.
With the voting age being lowered to 18 years old, this year’s survey added a new item, “How much concern do you have about the national and local government?”. Just under 40% of respondents answered with “extremely concerned” or “concerned to an extent”.
The survey began in 2012. Conducted from June to July, the 2019 survey gathered responses from 15,166 people.