The picture of a teenager with their face turned towards the screen of a latest smart phone or sitting in front of a computer is one that is often farcical in nature. However, there some precedence to this age based stereotype. According to the Pew Research Center, 24% of teens “go online” on a consistent basis, made more possible by the rise of smart phone. The term “go online” refuse to the act of logging onto the internet and then staying there for a long period of time. Moreover, the research also indicates that 92% of teens reported that they go online daily, including the aforementioned 24% that report they go online constantly.
Further, teenagers, which are considered to be those aged 13 – 17 years of age, go online several times a day at a rate of 56%, while 12% reported once a day use. Only 6% of teens reported going online weekly, while 2% go online less often.
As mentioned, the desire to both go and stay online has largely been facilitated by the use of smart phones. The research indicates that nearly three quarters of teens have access to a smartphone whereas 30% have a basic phone. Only 12% of teens aged 13 – 17 say that they have no cell phone of any type.
Smart phone use is considered the primary platform for internet use with 91% of teens going online through a smart phone at least occasionally. Among those that utilize a smart phone to go online, 94% go online daily, or even more than once a day. When comparing that to teenagers that use another platform, such as a computer with an internet connection, that figure drops to 68% that go online daily.
The primary question remains: what sites do teens visit when they go online? According to Pew Research Center, teens often visit social media sites, which can be broken down as followed:
- Facebook: 71%
- Instagram: 52%
- Snapchat: 41%
- Twitter: 33%
- Google+: 33%
- Vine: 24%
- Tumblr: 14%
- Another social media site: 11%
When looking at these individual sites, there are also many different statistics that one can glean from. For example, boys are far more likely than girls to reported that they use Facebook more often, at a rate of 45% of boys versus 36% of girls. In addition, girls are more likely than boys to use Instagram, and Tumblr. Older teenagers are more likely to use Facebook, Snapchat, or Twitter. As a whole, however, the research indicates that girls are more likely than boys to use social media in general. When boys go online, according to the research, they are more likely to play video games: whether it is through some type of multiple player game or through a solitary game.
As a whole, the research indicates that teens utilize the internet at a rapid pace; primarily migrating to social media networks. In fact, according to the research, the rate at which teens go online could be considered an addiction. Please talk to your children about just saying no to smart phone use while driving.
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