Does it seem like your kids are always watching some sort of video content on their phone or computer screens? Well, there’s a good chance they are, because a new survey finds that watching online videos is one of the most popular forms of entertainment for teens and tweens.
A new Common Sense survey finds:
- For tweens, watching online videos is more popular than TV, music, video games, and mobile games.
- For teens, only listening to music is more popular than watching online videos, which is then followed by playing video games, watching TV, and using social media.
- 56% of eight to 12-year-olds say they watch online videos “every day,” an increase from 24% in 2015, while 69% of 13 to 18-year-olds say the same, an increase from 34%.
- The average tween only watches about 25 minutes of TV a day on an actual TV set, while teens only watch about 24 minutes.
Overall, the increase in amount of time kids spend in front of screens is slowing down, but it still isn’t great. The survey notes:
- Eight to 12-year-olds average about 4-hours and 44-minutes a day in front of a screen for non school-related activities.
- The average teen spends 7-hours and 22 minutes a day in front of screens.
- And tech use is getting younger, with 19% of eight year olds having phones, up from 11% in 2015.
- Most kids, 53%, get their own smartphone by age 11 and 69% have one by age 12.