Study Says Teens Spend 9 Hours-A-Day Behind Screens

By Staff  |  11/04/2015


You've heard it before. Older generations saying the younger generation is rotting away... behind screens. Apparently, they're right.

Common Sense Media has released a comprehensive study called "The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens," which examined how young Americans use media today.

According to their research, U.S. teens, aged 13 to 18, spend about nine hours a day, using entertainment media -- excluding the time spent at school or for homework assignments. Kids, aged between 8 and 12, average about six hours in front of a screen daily.

"There are distinct types of media 'diets' and users. Young people who use similar amounts of screen time spend that time doing very different things on their screens," said the study.

While you'd assume that most of their time is spent on social media, teens and preteens average just over an hour of usage. Only 10% actually listed it as their favorite activity.

By gender, 37% percent of the girls surveyed say use their device mostly for music, while 27% of boys choose video games.