Teens Spend 31 Hours A Week Online

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Teens Spend 31 Hours A Week Online

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It has taken a well-funded British science report to prove teenagers spend 31 hours online a week, with approximately two hours wasted while watching porn.

One thousand British teenagers were polled by privacy software firm Cyber Sentinel on their weekly web browsing habits and dissected data into some questionable statistics.

Per week, the average British teen spends 31 hours online divided between:

  • Nine hours spent communicating with friends via instant message and social networks
  • Two hours on Youtube
  • One hour spent researching cosmetic surgeries
  • 1.5 hours spent checking out family planning and pregnancy information
  • One hour, thirty-five minutes spent studying diets and weight loss
  • One hour, twenty-two minutes on medical sites for illnesses and puberty
  • One hour, fifteen minutes spent strolling through dating sites
  • Three hours, ten minutes doing homework

Most computer time is split between the kid's bedroom, a family living room or a separate study room.

One in four teenagers readily admitted to talking to strangers online and felt it was alright, while a third also admitted to hiding some of their web visits from their parents (one can probably guess which pages).

Ellie Puddle, Marketing Director of CyberSentinel, said, "The alarming thing about this research is that it shows that teenagers are obviously exploring all sorts of topics as a result of modern-day pressures. For instance, pressure to emulate celebrity standards of beauty is resulting in teens spending a significant amount of time researching cosmetic surgery. And for some reason they find it easier to go online to conduct their research than asking mum and dad for advice."

As much as I'd like to comment on the cure to some of these ailments, such as the excessive time spent on dieting and plastic surgery sites that could be substituted with fewer hours online, it's hard for a web writer to be critical of his fellow office chair brethren. Perhaps I'm outside their age demographic, but I don't remember ever spending an hour and a half of my week reading about puberty or pregnancy. In that case, the best advice I may offer is to upgrade your web browser to one with tabs to balance the obviously heavy load of information the internet has to offer. An efficient browser is a healthy one.

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Source: Daily Mail

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I don't think porn is a waste of time

smallharmlesskitten:
I don't think porn is a waste of time

seconded

15 years ago, a similar study was released that mentioned teens spending 31 hours a week watching TV.

Coincidence?

smallharmlesskitten:
I don't think porn is a waste of time

Wasn't the internet created for porn?

What's with all the Scientist discovery, researchy, study forums. We get it, they're finding out and/or proving everything that isn't useful to us.

One hour spent researching cosmetic surgeries
1.5 hours spent checking out family planning and pregnancy information
One hour, thirty-five minutes spent studying diets and weight loss
One hour, twenty-two minutes on medical sites for illnesses and puberty
One hour, fifteen minutes spent strolling through dating sites
Three hours, ten minutes doing homework

O_o.. really?!?!

I mean, come on...

What?!

No-one...

No-one....

Spends 3 hours a night on homework!

Flap Jack452:

smallharmlesskitten:
I don't think porn is a waste of time

seconded

Motion Carried.

No way do I spend 31 hours online. Well, I suppose if you take off the time spent gaming online, and then the "half-online-browsing-forums" you bring the total down to about 35-40.

And Avida, you're absolutly right. No-one spends that long doing homework.

I think it's time for an Escapist experiment. We all fill in a diary of time spent online, doing what etc. and report back at the end of the week. It'd be interesting to see how "teenagers" differs from "gamers"

British teens spend an hour researching cosmetic surgery every week? I can't help but call bull on this, I honestly don't think you guys would do that on such a regular basis (not even counting the other things)

Flap Jack452:

smallharmlesskitten:
I don't think porn is a waste of time

seconded

Agreed. Scientists are getting dumber than ever.

i know i spend at least 40...

I really don't think that a survey of just a thousand people reflects anything accurately.

# Three hours, ten minutes doing homework

That much?? I call shenanigans!

Seriously though, I really hope British dudes don't spend that much time checking out cosmetics and pregnancy stuff.

Flap Jack452:

smallharmlesskitten:
I don't think porn is a waste of time

seconded

Thirded, and the motion is passed.

I find the figures of this study to be bullshit. First, people are too varied to lump their activities together like this... I'd bet half or more of teens never even look up puberty, I sure never did. And do you honestly think more than a half-percent of guys actually go to family planning websites? No, averages are as useful and reliable as wings on a hotdog.

No, this study rings of bullshit and misinformation. Hell, I alone would have skewed the results as a participant, zero hours doing homework online, twenty four plus hours of porn (especially back then), five hours online gaming, and at least a couple hours a week chatting on MSN. None of the rest of that crap.

This seems rediculous, for a start 31 hours is WAY too low. I mean really? I spend about 40 hours online just on week days, and weekends can add on another 30 hours sometimes. ^^ And 3 hours of homework? Online? How much homework needs the internet? I spend no time online for homework. And what's this crap about cosmetic surgery and puberty and what-not? I never visit such sites, forums and videos = all the uses of the internet (oh and downloading stuff for free - but I'm not big on that). And did they REALLY need a survey to work out that basically teenagers spend too much time on the internet? ^^

EDIT: seriously I hit the edit button so many times for this post, made so many spelling mistakes. :P

wingshot:
British teens spend an hour researching cosmetic surgery every week? I can't help but call bull on this, I honestly don't think you guys would do that on such a regular basis (not even counting the other things)

Just that? Dude the only thing they have right is the first 2.

wordsmith:
I think it's time for an Escapist experiment. We all fill in a diary of time spent online, doing what etc. and report back at the end of the week. It'd be interesting to see how "teenagers" differs from "gamers"

Seconded. Would be interesting to show journalists what real surveys look like.

Chapper:
Seriously though, I really hope British dudes don't spend that much time checking out cosmetics and pregnancy stuff.

We don't. I think this survey was made by an idiot or they surveyed 1000 pregnant teen girls.

Chapper:
# Three hours, ten minutes doing homework

That much?? I call shenanigans!

Seriously though, I really hope British dudes don't spend that much time checking out cosmetics and pregnancy stuff.

Look dude, us British guys have a real problem with flat, misshapen lips and worries about the pill, so we need to put the research in. Every night

Flap Jack452:

smallharmlesskitten:
I don't think porn is a waste of time

seconded

Add me to the list. And..I might spend that much time online, but that's because I turn on my comp, check a few things and usually leave it running when I do other stuff, plus If you only counted time I went online to play games, look at funny stuff, porn and post here it would be about half that, but I always watch tv when on here so that brings my time up.

It really depends on where they have computer access, how late they stay up, whether or not they're involved in sports, etc. Only 1000 teenagers, the data is going to have an incorrect proportion somewhere...And 31 hours of computer internet access is better than 31 hours of tv. So it's better than before right?

I can only assume that the people studied were girls. I mean...

One hour spent researching cosmetic surgeries
1.5 hours spent checking out family planning and pregnancy information
One hour, thirty-five minutes spent studying diets and weight loss
One hour, twenty-two minutes on medical sites for illnesses and puberty
One hour, fifteen minutes spent strolling through dating sites

seriously what teenage guy dose that kinda stuff?

new_age_reject:

Chapper:
# Three hours, ten minutes doing homework

That much?? I call shenanigans!

Seriously though, I really hope British dudes don't spend that much time checking out cosmetics and pregnancy stuff.

Look dude, us British guys have a real problem with flat, misshapen lips and worries about the pill, so we need to put the research in. Every night

Jesus Christ I laughed so hard.

Anyway, though, uhm.
Just a quick question. What is with scientists fucking around, wasting the money we give them? At this rate, I almost think we should just donate it to churches or something.
At least those crazy bastards might give some to charity, instead of churning out bullshit like this and the "teenage girls talk too much."

And anyway, I spend more time than that online, probably. Games, IM, homework.

:O WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?!?

I think I rack up 31 hours in 2 days, let alone a week.
But thats because I have no life, whatsoever.

I have to agree with some of the posts on a few things:
1) Porn isn't a waste of time
2) Can't scientists invest more effort in, say, disease, poverty, energy needs, better gaming etc etc rather than what the kids of today are doing on the computer?

Internet Porn = Life

hehe, bollocks to that

they surveyed girls, all of them

British Male teenager here!

Porn = true.
Msn = true, but always doing something else
I dont use the net for homework
I research Medical things about once every 3-4 months
I spend most of my time on games.
I watch stand-up on youtube.
I read XKCD.
I check The Escapist.
I watch anime.

and I spend about 42-53 hours per week on the net.

Face it, Scientists can get a gross average, but the average will generally be looked upon as crazy by the community who spend their time online, which, incidentally, will be the ones who see this sort of article. :]

Porn stimulates the economy.
Among other things.
(Ba-dum-tish.....I'm done)

Well this is from an article from the daily mail and I doubt any of their jour... wait too good for them papaz... nope still too good emmm baked dog tur... sod it people who work produced that article even seen a scientist and twisting figures they saw on net from some random guys blog.

But 31 hours seems reasonable for the average teen as not all of them gamers and actually go into the big blue box, but everything else in that report I call shenanigans as don't take into account most people can multi task and yet to know anyone who just chats on messenger or facebook without browsing another site.

Hah! I own those teens! Lack of any new games and a local social life really helps clock up your hours.
Aww, I made myself sad...

Tenmar:

smallharmlesskitten:
I don't think porn is a waste of time

Wasn't the internet created for porn?

If youtube is to be believed, then yes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRgNOyCnbqg

Aardvark:
15 years ago, a similar study was released that mentioned teens spending 31 hours a week watching TV.

Coincidence?

Does that mean 31 is some kind of special number? Like Pi?

Tenmar:

smallharmlesskitten:
I don't think porn is a waste of time

Wasn't the internet created for porn?

Exactly. Youtube, and IGN, and Facebook are all just dirty money laundering scam site!(Sarcasim)

I think everyone spends there time on the internet for porn.
The internet was made for porn!

Everything on the internet is basically porn anyway.
You can be innocently searching for something and something porn related will come up.

Jagers1994:

Tenmar:

smallharmlesskitten:
I don't think porn is a waste of time

Wasn't the internet created for porn?

Exactly. Youtube, and IGN, and Facebook are all just dirty money laundering scam site!(Sarcasim)

That explains it...The Freemasons are running the Porn busseiness in America because they realized that in 220 something years after the foundation of this country, Al Gore would invent the internet and use it for Porn....Which the Freemasons would collect 15% off all the profits from the advertising and other money realted issues on the websites. Genius!!!

December 2011 will mark the day the internet bug which deletes all porn files will be unleashed....all computers will be ravages...make your condolences with God, because this earth is going to hell.

You don't waste two hours on porn; you waste two hours looking for DECENT porn that you can actually get something out of. Those two hours are all the weird, gross things that you skip through while looking for something worth watching.

At least, that's how I interpret it.

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