Those angry Baby Boomers who say our generation is rotting behind those teeny screens might actually have a point. Common Sense Media just 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 ages 13 to 18 spend about nine hours using entertainment media—excluding the time spent at school or for homework assignments. Tweens between the ages of 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,” the study says, according to Forbes. While many would assume that social media is at the top of the list, teens and preteens average just over an hour of usage. Only 10% actually listed it as their favorite activity.
When divided by gender, 37% percent of the girls surveyed say they prefer to use their devices for listening to music. Among the boys, 27% chose video games. And 100% of both probably don't care what the Baby Boomers are saying.