Monday, November 9, 2015

Teens Use Social Media, But Don't Love It

If you are an old person like me (18+) you probably hold a rather stereotypical notion of teenagers as completely besotted with social media -- helpless without it, so addicted they can’t turn their gaze away from their smartphones for even a second with experiencing FOMO. And this stereotype may be true to some degree, but it would be a mistake to think activity actually equals affinity.

That’s according to a new survey by Common Sense Media, which polled 2,658 kids ages eight to 18 about their media usage in February and March of this year, and discovered widespread ambivalence about social media among its most avid users.

There’s no question teens are spending a lot of time on social media: 45% of teens said they use social media “every day,” spending an average of one hour and 11 minutes per day on social. Tweens were more moderate, with 10% using social media every day, spending an average 16 minutes per day.

However social media lagged behind other options when tweens and teens were asked what activities they consider their favorite:

Where does social media rank?  Read the entire article here courtesy of

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