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Eye Opening Facts Regarding Media Use Tweens and Teens in 2019 (for the Covid-19)

The purpose of this survey is to present a big-picture look at the large trends and patterns of media usage among young people in the U.S. Obviously there is tremendous diversity in how individual children engage with technology or other media; some are inveterate readers and others online gamers. Some spend their time coding or making digital music, while others are devoted to their social media accounts or to watching the latest YouTube videos.

10 Key findings media use

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. There has been a large drop in the amount of time both tweens and teens spend watching TV on a television set.
  4. By age 11, a majority (53%) of kids have their own smartphone, and by 12 more than two-thirds (69%) do.
  5. There are substantial differences in the amount of screen media young people use based on socioeconomic status.
  6. 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.
  7. Despite the new affordances and promises of digital devices, young people devote very little time to creating their own content.
  8. Boys and girls have vastly different tastes in media.
  9. Young people are more than twice as likely as they were four years ago to say that they use computers for homework every day.
  10. The vast majority of young people don’t use tools to track their screen time—nor do their parents.

Source: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/


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