A new study has found that 78% of American teens have a cell phones, and nearly half of those own a smartphone. The research was done by the Pew Internet and American Life Project
According to PluggedIn.com, The study also found that 93% of teens have access to a computer at home, and 1 out of 4 have a tablet computer.
As for accessing the Internet, 74% reported surfing on a smartphone or tablet at least occasionally. About a quarter of those kids say they mostly browse the web using their smartphone.
Meanwhile, the most popular website among teens is YouTube. Over 90% of teens between the ages of 13 and 18 check the video-sharing site at least once weekly—compared to 65% who check Facebook weekly.
Researchers also found that teens will hop online no matter what they’re doing in the physical world. About 56% of them admitted to plugging into the Internet while doing homework or attending church.
Twenty-five percent of kids say they usually visited their first online site within five minutes of waking up in the morning, and all of the teens polled said they were on the Internet more than an hour daily.
As for YouTube’s traffic overall, two weeks ago company officials announced that the site recently logged a billion views in a month for the first time.
If you’ve got teenagers at home, stats like these demonstrate how important it is to provide your kids with regular guidance about the use of technology. The bible has some solid advice for all of us in Philippians chapter 4, verse 8:
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”
I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.
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