- The average teen spends between 14 and 19 hours / week online. (those numbers may be on the low side)
- 50% of students have 3 devices that can access the internet. 10% have five. Usually that breaks down to a family computer, a personal laptop, a smartphone, a tablet, and the TV / Gaming system.
- 62% of teens say that they need the internet to function on a daily basis.
Although it is almost impossible to avoid any degree of computer and internet use these days, the key for parents and youth leaders is to assess when normal usage has moved into addiction. Some things and signs to keep an eye out for that may signal addiction are...
Does you teen sleep with their smartphone? Or take their phone to the bathroom with them?
Is their internet use affecting or changing their mood? (usually in a detrimental way...depression, anxiety etc..)
Do they become anxious, angry or irritable when they are removed or don't have access to the internet? (or when they loose or misplace their smartphone)
Is their performance at school and grades suffering?