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.