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Only 5% of South African adults don't own a mobile phone - survey

25 November 2019 12:22 PM
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Aki Anastasiou looks at the impact the mobile divide had in emerging economies including South Africa.

The Pew Research Centre surveyed 11 emerging economies and found that 6% of adults do not use phones at all and a median of 7% do not own phones but instead borrow them from others.

RELATED: Technobyte: A man who got fired by a machine

Tech Guru Aki Anastasiou and Eusebius McKaiser look at new trends in this week's Technology and Society.

South Africa is amongst the countries surveyed and the research says 5% of the adult population still don't own a mobile phone and often borrow one to use temporarily. Some of the reasons behind this are that the phones are still too expensive for some of those people.

Aki Anastasiou, Tech Guru

Anastasiou says the survey also found that this 5% cited language as another barrier for them not owning cell phones.

They don't find the mobile phone useful enough because they have challenges reading in other languages.

Aki Anastasiou, Tech Guru

In other technological news, speaking at the Anti Defamation League's International Leadership summit on Thursday where he was accepting an award, Sasha Baron Cohen said Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were the biggest propaganda machines in history.

Listen below to the full conversation:


25 November 2019 12:22 PM
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