Common Sense Media just released a report on teens and how they use social media. They asked more than 1,100 teenagers (13- to 17-year-olds) to find out their thoughts and how they use social media. Here are a few highlights:
- 89% of teens have a smartphone
- Snapchat is their main social media site
- 57% of all teens agree that social media distracts them when they should be doing homework
- 29% of teen smartphone owners say they have been woken up by their phones during the night
- 70% teens use social media multiple times a day (up from 34% in 2012)
There is more interesting information about how teens not only use social media, but some of their perceptions as well. For example, 72% of teens think technology companies manipulate users to spend more time on their devices. And, many admit that social media can be a distraction.
Common Sense Media also has a link for parents with some thoughts and suggestions on addressing the social media issue. Some pretty common sense stuff that many parents are already utilizing, but helpful nonetheless.
There is no doubt that smartphones, technology and social media have impacted our culture and how we communicate. This article provides some good talking points for parents and teens.