10 Key findings media use
- On average, 8- to 12-year-olds in this country use just under five hours worth of entertainment screen media per day (4:44), and teens use an average of just under seven and a half hours’ worth (7:22)—not including time spent using screens for school or homework.
- Online video viewing is through the roof: More than twice as many young people watch videos every day than did in 2015, and the average time spent watching has roughly doubled.
- There has been a large drop in the amount of time both tweens and teens spend watching TV on a television set.
- By age 11, a majority (53%) of kids have their own smartphone, and by 12 more than two-thirds (69%) do.
- There are substantial differences in the amount of screen media young people use based on socioeconomic status.
- The amount of time devoted to social media has remained steady, while the age at which young people first start using social media varies widely.
- Despite the new affordances and promises of digital devices, young people devote very little time to creating their own content.
- Boys and girls have vastly different tastes in media.
- Young people are more than twice as likely as they were four years ago to say that they use computers for homework every day.
- The vast majority of young people don’t use tools to track their screen time—nor do their parents.