In the US, three-quarters of kids ages 12 to 17 have their own cell phones. A Pew Research survey of US teens found 24% go online “almost constantly,” and most go on daily mainly with smartphones (the most popular social media platforms are Facebook, Instagram, Shapchat and Twitter).[i] Girls are more likely to go use social media and boys are more likely to play video games. A typical teen texts 30 times a day. In 2010 young people ages 8 to 18 averaged more time than seven hours a day using some kind of “entertainment media,” more time than they spend in school.[ii] US teenagers spend 31 hours a week watching TV, 17 hours a week listening to music, 3 hours a week watching movies, 4 hours a week reading magazines, and 10 hours a week online, a total of almost 11 hours a day.[iii] Millennials are likely to get their news from the Internet or TV rather than reading and going to the library.[iv]
[i] Amanda Lenhart, “Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015,” Pew Research Center, April 9, 2015.
[ii] Lindsey Tanner, “Docs Urge Limits on Kids’ Texts, Tweets,” ABC News, October 28, 2013.
[iii] The Representation Project.
[iv] Morley Winograd and Michael Hais, Millennial Makeover: My Space, YouTube and the Future of American Politics, p. 195.
Ben Rigby. Mobilizing Generation 2.0: A Practical Guide to using Web 2.0 Technologies to Recruit, Organize and Engage Youth. Jossey-Bass, 2008.