UK Survey: Teenagers Spend 31 Hours a Week Online
Jim LiebeltJim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
- 2009 Feb 11
This survey was done by a UK company, and while I wasn''t able to confirm details of the survey, I'm assuming the polling was of UK teenagers. Given my assumption, there might be no direct correlation to online behaviors by U.S. teens. Still, it's instructive to note the extensive time UK teens are spending online. Everything I see in regard to U.S. teens indicates growing online usage. Also noteworthy from the study is the disturbing finding that of teens who were surveyed, almost two hours per week were spent viewing pornography online.
Teenagers spend an average of 31 hours a week online and nearly two hours a week looking at pornography, according to a study.
They spend some three and a half hours communicating with friends on MSN, and around two hours on YouTube and in chat rooms.
Just over an hour is devoted to looking up cosmetic surgery procedures such as how to enlarge breasts and get collagen implants, an hour and a half is spent on family planning and pregnancy websites and one hour 35 minutes is spent investigating diets and weight loss.
One in four teenagers of the 1,000 polled said they regularly spoke to strangers online but thought it harmless.
One in three admitted trying to hide what they were looking at if a parent entered the room.
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