Young girls are more likely to possess a smartphone than their male counterparts, a new survey has revealed.
Market research firm Mintel carried out a report on smartphone habits, finding that girls aged seven to 15 were more likely to own a smartphone than their male counterparts and 45 per cent use one of the devices every day, compared to 35 per cent of boys.
Samuel Gee, technology analyst at Mintel, explained to the Telegraph that this trend is present because girls tend to opt for gadgets that facilitate communication and collaboration, while boys like devices that entertain them.
Just 14 per cent of children between seven and 15 have never used a smartphone.
The research also found that girls are more likely to possess MP3 players and laptops, while boys tend to go for bigger items, such as desktop computers.
"Where there is a difference, it's because boys tend to go for the big ticket items," he added.