6 Shocking Ways Teens Use the Internet

The Pew Research Center recently conducted a survey titled Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015. Some of the recent findings about modern trends in teenage online habits may come as a surprise, but parents who are in the know will not find some of the facts quite so startling. The latest discoveries from the research team has shown a growing dependency on technology, especially technology which uses wireless communication and the Internet. Because smartphone usage is relatively new, it is difficult to determine if teenage online habits are simply part of a phase which they grow out of, or if it is a generational change in which the youth will continue to engage in the same types of behaviors and habits as they mature.

Generational changes occur as cultural shifts which adapt to modern technology. An example of a generational change is using a car to travel short distances or commuting large distances for work. Recent trends in employment are switching to telecommunication, but only time will tell if the trend will become something that today’s generation will continue to engage in. At first, technologies such as the telephone or computer were considered useful for businesses only, but those technologies came to be used widespread for personal usage. No one knows if today’s favorite social media sites will be around in 10 years or how usage of the technology would change. Below are the recent revelations into how youngsters are using the Internet and one can infer that there will be a significant shift in the social paradigm.

9 out of 10 teens access the Internet daily

This speaks to the availability of Internet access and the significance of information which flows freely for all who seek it. Reasons for using the Internet for vary from conducting important research, performing productive tasks or engaging others socially for entertainment purposes. With only 10% of teens being able to resist daily Internet connections, it will only be a matter of time before connection to the Internet becomes necessary for day to day activities.

Nearly one quarter of teens surveyed admitted to using the Internet “almost constantly”

This also implies that teens may become dependent on the technology to get them through their everyday lives. Teens who have access to smartphones will use a barrage of online applications to chat with friends, create an online presence or find answers to difficult questions. With access to unlimited information at their fingertips, teens may find it unnecessary to learn the types of information that their elders had to retain at their age.

7 out of 10 teens use several social media websites

Social media websites are websites where entertainment or topics of interest which are generated or shared by each individual’s peers or role models. Sites like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Tumblr and more. Teens use different sites for different reasons, some to post recent news, others to share pictures or update others as to their whereabouts or latest emotions. Oversharing of information has proved to be problematic, and this is one trend that will hopefully mellow out as time goes on.

Females use image sharing sites more than males

Some image sharing sites are more popular than others and attract both sexes to engage in sharing and viewing the pictures posted by their friends. In some cases, it has been shown that up to four times as many females access and share via image sharing sites than their male counterparts. This could be attributed to many factors including how creative an individual is or how self-conscious one is about their self image.

Males are more active than females in playing video games

Video games have predominately fascinated males more than females since they have existed. The recent survey has shown that more females are engaging in online game play, but the ones who spend the most time with online gaming are male. Online games give children tasks to complete and the Internet allows them to connect and play competitively alongside their peers. Gaming addiction is a serious problem when video games take priority over other important real-life tasks.

A family’s income could indicate the types of social media used by their teens

Pew Research noticed that as a family’s income bracket increased, usage of sites like Facebook decreased while use of Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter increased. Overall, fewer than one out of ten teens use the social media site Twitter, while four out of five teens typically use Facebook. The correlation between social status and social media sharing is interesting and could show that social structure is not as homogeneous as one would expect.

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