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Screen Time Fact Sheet

Research indicates that:
  • Adolescents ages 11-15 spend 9 hours per day in front of a screen.
  • There is a definite causal link between both watching violent television and playing violent video games and aggression. This includes verbal and physical aggression.
  • The effects of violent-themed technology on youth is long-lasting.
  • Adolescents who spend more than 2 hours per day looking at a screen report lower levels of happiness.
  • 70% of teenagers said their parents do not monitor their gaming or social media usage and do not know their account passwords.

Teenagers’ views of their online lives is largely positive:
  • Over 50% report that using social media helped their social -relationships, while less than 5% said that it hurt them.
  • The majority of teens feel that social media has made no difference in whether they feel depressed, self-confident, or popular.
  • However, over 40% of adolescents wish they could “unplug” and become frustrated with friends for using their cell phones when hanging out together.
  • Face-to-face interaction remains teens’ preferred way of communicating with friends, with texting taking second place.
  • Over 40% of teenagers consider themselves “addicted” to their cell phones.