Now there are many methods of locking cell phones, such as passwords, face unlock, geometric patterns, fingerprints, and fingerprints on the screen.
Reporting from the Asian Age page, Monday (2/12/2019) a new study revealed that the method of locking a cell phone can reveal a person’s age. The study conducted by the University of British Columbia (UBC) was presented last month at the ‘CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computational Systems’ in Glasgow, Scotland.
“As researchers who work to protect smartphones from unauthorized access, we must first understand how users use their devices,” said Konstantin Beznosov, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at UBC.
Beznosov also revealed that by tracking users during daily updates with their devices, researchers gained insight into future smartphone designs.
Analysis also shows that older users use their cellphones less frequently than younger users. For every 10-year interval in age, there is a corresponding 25 percent decrease in the number of user sessions.
In other words, a 25-year-old child might use their cellphone 20 times a day, but a 35-year-old child can only use it 15 times. The study tracked 134 volunteers, ranging in age from 19 to 63 years, through special applications installed on their Android phones.
For two consecutive months, the application collects data about locking and unlocking events, automatic or manual lock selection and whether the phone is locked or unlocked.
This application also records user session duration. The study also found gender differences in authentication choices. As we get older, men are far more likely to rely on automatic locks, compared to locking their device manually, compared to women.
In terms of overall usage, women on average use their cellphones longer than men, with women in their 20s using their smartphones significantly longer than men their age.
However, the balance shifts with age, with men in their 50s recording longer usage sessions than women of the same age. While the research does not look at the reasons for this behavior, Beznosov said the findings could help smartphone companies design better products.
“Factors such as age must be considered when designing the system authentication mobile phone smart and devices should allow the user to choose the method of locking in accordance with their needs and usage patterns,” he said.