Teenagers Spend More Than 7 Hours a Day Hooked To The Screens, What Is Happening Here? | Univision Salud News

Although we are already cured of horror, the latest figures in the Common Sense Media report, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the safe use of technology and media among minors, show that the tentacles of Cell phones and screens reach more and more plots of life and worrisome ways.

American children between the ages of 8 and 12 spend 4 hours and 44 minutes in front of the screen every day, while teenagers are hooked 7 hours and 22 minutes daily. The survey, conducted on more than 1,600 minors between March and April, indicates that the percentage of adolescents who say they spend more than 8 hours a day in front of a screen is 29%, and only 4% say they do not occupy their Leisure time this way.

According to Common Sense Media, in 2015 the time spent watching online videos ranked fifth in terms of preferred activities, after television, music, video games. Today, online videos are the favorite activity among young people.


This has important implications, the study points out: watching online video is an individual activity, with fewer opportunities for family sharing. Parents and children can occupy the same physical space, but not the same experiences.

Other important data that the survey throws are:

Children from families with more education and purchasing level spend two hours less (on average) in front of the screens. A fact that confirms the tendency that, as more screens appear in people of middle or lower class, and we know more about the effect that social networks have on health, they disappear from the lives of the wealthiest.
 53% of children have their own cell phone at age 11; The percentage is 69% when they reach 12.
 Young people spend little time creating their own content or interacting with others on the screens. Among children from 8 to 12 years, just over half of all the time of its use is devoted to television or videos, and 31% to games. Read online, create content such as art or music account for 2%.
 69% of adolescents between 13 and 18 years watch videos online compared to 34% who did it in 2015. Something similar occurs in children between the ages of 8 and 12, who went from 24% in 2015 to 56% in this year's survey.
 Smartphones win the game to television sets in capturing the attention of children and teenagers. Thus, in 2015, adolescents between 13 and 18 years old watched on average one hour and 31 minutes of television a day and currently it has been reduced to 67 minutes. Among children aged 8 to 12, the average time spent watching TV every day in 2015 was one hour and 29 minutes and is currently 64 minutes.
 Teenagers now see fewer live programs and more on demand services. In 2015, 48% of the programs watched by young people were live and 33% deferred. Currently only 24% see live content and 40% on demand.

What's going on here? We present five notes that give more context to the situation:

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