Nearly half of U.S. teens say they use the Internet “almost always,” according to one study. Pew Research Center poll It was released on Monday.
Forty-six percent of teens say they're almost always online, which is on par with what Pew researchers found last year, but in a poll conducted in 2014 and 2015. This is almost twice as high as 24%.
The increase comes as experts and lawmakers warn about the impact of social media on young people's mental health. In May, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy issued an advisory stating that social media use can have a negative impact on the mental health of young people. is considering a bipartisan proposal aimed at curbing the
According to Pew, black and Hispanic teens were more likely than white teens to say they were online most of the time. The poll found that 55 percent of Hispanic teens and 54 percent of Black teens said they were online most of the time, compared to 38 percent of white teens. answered the same.
There were also differences among the teenage age groups. Fifty percent of teens ages 15 to 17 said they were online most of the time, while 40 percent of teens ages 13 to 14 said the same.
Almost all teens (95%) say they own a smartphone, and Pew found that among teens of different genders, ages, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds, smartphone ownership is found to be universal.
However, access to a home computer remains uncommon for teens from low-income households.
72% of teens living in households with an annual income of less than $30,000 said they had access to a home computer. This percentage rose to 87% for teens living in households with incomes between $30,000 and $74,999, and to 94% for teens living in households with incomes of $75,000 or more.
The report also looked at the platforms that teens access most frequently, stating that the majority of teens visit YouTube and TikTok every day.
71% say they visit YouTube every day, and 38% of them say they visit it “several times a day.” 58% said they access TikTok every day, and 32% of them said they accessed it “several times a day.”
Pew surveyed 1,435 U.S. teens through Ipsos from September 26 to October 23. His margin of error is 3.2 percentage points.
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