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Insight of the Day: More Than 1 in 4 Teens Say They Spend Too Much Time on Social Media

Teens and Social Media Usage Insights:

Survey Results by Pew Research Center:

  • Concerns on Social Media Usage: 27% of US teens ages 13-17 feel they spend too much time on social media.

  • Gender Disparity: Girls are more concerned about social media usage, with 32% feeling they spend too much time compared to 22% of boys.

  • Smartphone Usage: 38% of teens report spending too much time on smartphones, with a higher percentage of girls (44%) feeling this way compared to boys (33%).

  • Access to Smartphones: 97% of teen girls and 94% of teen boys have access to smartphones.

  • Online Behavior: Almost half of teens are online almost constantly, with over 1 in 5 teen girls stating they are almost always on TikTok.

Behavioral Changes:

  • Cutting Back: 36% of teens have reduced smartphone usage, with a higher percentage among girls (41%) than boys (32%).

  • Reduced Social Media Time: Roughly 4 in 10 teens have reduced their social media time, with 44% of girls taking this step.

  • Emotional Impact: Teens express feelings of happiness, peacefulness, and less anxiety, upset, or loneliness when without their smartphones.

Perceptions on Smartphone Usage:

  • Benefits vs. Harms: 7 in 10 teens believe there are more benefits than harms in using smartphones.

  • Advantages of Smartphones: Smartphone usage is seen as facilitating hobbies and interests (69%) and enhancing creativity (65%).

Survey Details:

  • Data Source: Based on a September-October 2023 survey of 1,453 US teens ages 13-17.

  • Full Survey Results: More detailed survey findings are available for further exploration.

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