The Cultural Agency said in a report this week that 66.5% of Japanese surveyed believe their ability to write kanji characters has deteriorated due to the proliferation of cell phones and computers.
The nationwide survey was conducted between February and March of this year among people over the age of 16, in an attempt to establish the perceived influence of the electronic communication methods, TBS reported.
Of the 2,069 respondents, 66.5% responded that their ability to write kanji had decreased, due to constantly texting emails. That figure has risen 25% in the last 10 years, the agency said.
For respondents in their 40s, that figure rose to 79.5%, while it accounted for 57.7% of people in their 30s.
Furthermore, the agency added that the number of respondents who said that some oral communication could now just as easily be carried out via email was 29.5%, an increase of 12.3%. Respondents who felt it has become a burden to have to meet people face-to-face accounted for 18.6% of the total, a 7.3% increase, the agency said.© Japan Today