Research shows teens prefer media to sleeping

Teens 13-18 spend an average of almost nine hours a day on entertainment media,” which is longer than the amount of sleep they get according to Common Sense Media, a San Francisco-based non-profit that tracks the technology use of children. And those nine hours do not include time used on media for school or homework purposes.

In addition, 58 percent of teens in the survey said they watched TV daily, and 45 percent said they use social media every day. Girls tend to use social media more than boys, and boys tend to play video-games more than girls. The boys in the survey reported spending an average of 56 minutes spent gaming a day, while the girls averaged seven minutes.

Junior Mathew Moore said Mathew said he usually has other activities to do after school, and won’t usually spend more than two hours watching Hulu on a typical day.

“I usually get home after 8 p.m., so I’d watch until 10,” he said. If I don’t have anything after school that day, then I’d probably do the same thing and watch Hulu or Netflix until 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. I don’t play any video games and don’t really use social media.”

Junior Amugo Chukwunenye said he spends even less time on entertainment media.

“I spend about an hour on that stuff every day,” he said. If I’m busy, maybe 45 minutes.”

Senior Austin Smith said he approaches the nine-hour mark with media entertainment, but only on weekends.

“[I spend] seven to eight hours during playing video games on the weekend, if I’m not busy,” he said, adding that he plays less during the weekdays because of school, but still manages to log at least a couple of hours.

Sophomore Hannah Radak said she uses entertainment media “about an hour a day,” and spends little to no time on social media, hinting that she used to spend more time watching entertainment media when her family subscribed to Netflix.

By Billy Macom