Welcome to the Challenges of the “New Internet Family”
- Teens spend 9 hours on average every day consuming media while tweens spend an average of six hours per day. This time does not include the time spent using any media for school or homework (Common Sense Media Survey, 2015).
- 45% of teens say they are online on a near-constant basis (Pew Research Centre Survey, 2018).
- Children 8 and below spent 48 minutes a day staring at a mobile screen in 2017, a threefold increase from 2013 (Common Sense Media Survey, 2017).
- 90% of teens with smartphones exchange texts. A typical teen sends and receives 30 texts per day (Pew Research Center, 2015).
- Teen girls are more hooked to social media than boys spending 1 hour 32 minutes on them – 40 minutes more a day compared to boys. Boys prefer video games spending 56 minutes on average daily playing games – 8 times more than girls (Common Sense Media Survey, 2017).
- Girls prefer visually rich social media sites with 61% teen girls using Instagram, 51% Snapchat and 33% using online pinboards like Pinterest. Boys, on the other hand, prefer video games with 91% teen boys having or having access to a game console and 84% who play video games online or on their phone (Pew Research Center, 2015).
- 59% of parents think their teens are addicted to their cellphones, tablets or laptops and 50% teens agree. 27% of parents believe they themselves are addicted (Common Sense Media Survey, 2016).
- 77% of parents feel their children get distracted by their devices and don’t pay attention when they’re together at least a few times per week (Common Sense Media Survey, 2016).
- 58% of tweens say they know how to hide their online activity secret from their parents and many have done that (McAfee study, 2013).