Most parents are concerned about their kids spending too much time on the internet. They are worried that this attachment might turn into an addiction. A study shows that 60% of the kids (13 to 17 years) have admitted that internet addiction has become a real problem.
The Pew Research Center has found that 54% of the kids spend too much time on their cellphones, and 41% spend an alarming amount of time on social media. Another study showed that an average teen spends 9 hours of his day on the internet. However, kids between the age group of 8 to 12 years use the internet for 6 hours. (www.nuestra-gente.com)
Gen Z cannot think of spending their day without their smartphones. There is no denying that technology has helped us in every aspect of our lives. However, it has many harmful effects that can be dangerous for the kids and the parents too. Internet addiction can cause different health issues.
Here is a brief overview of these effects and their statics caused by excessive internet usage:
- Depression (57%)
- Antisocial personality disorder (40%)
- Alcohol/Drug addiction (27%)
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (14%)
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (caused by online games) (13%)
- Borderline personality disorder (14%)
- Generalized Anxiety (15%)
- Social Anxiety (15%)
- Obsessive Compulsion (7%)
- Social phobia (10%)
- Eating Disorder (2%)
The internet is a wonder of technology. However, it’s not a safe place for kids where they can be left unsupervised. There are many parental monitoring apps like XNSPY that help to keep track of kid’s online activities. The online world holds many dangers for children. Let us take a look at the number of kids who are affected by these dangers.
- Kids (age 5 to 10 years) can encounter age-inappropriate and harmful content online.
- 25% of these kids have become a victim of online bullying.
- Kids from 11 years to 15 years have also been victims of cyberbullying. The support workers (78%) have helped them to overcome the traumas.
- These support workers have dealt with cases of suicide attempts and self-harm because of the internet experience.
- 66% of teenagers have been a victim of harassment.
- 25% of the teen have been a part of some online conflict that caused face-to-face trouble with other people.
- 13% of the teen have thought of skipping school for a few days because of online fights.
- 8% of the teen have experienced physical altercations because of online arguments.
- 78% of these online support groups have seen cases of kids who have been affected by the internet.
Let us take a look at the apps and social platforms that have been used the most during 2020.
- YouTube (77%)
- Instagram (63%)
- Facebook (50%)
- Snapchat (48%)
- Twitter (47%)
- Reddit (39%)
- TikTok (26%)
- Pinterest (23%)
- LinkedIn (19%)
- WhatsApp (19%)
- Tumblr (10%)
According to the survey, 63% of teens use social media apps for sharing their pictures. Facebook has always been the most used social apps till now. However, with 48% of users, Snapchat has fewer users than Facebook. But, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and Tiktok received more ratings than Facebook from teenagers.
Here is the average amount of time teenagers spend on each of these apps.
- YouTube: An average of 1 hr. 25 minutes on weekdays and 1 hr. 49 min on the weekends.
- Twitter: An average of 1 hr. 18 min on weekdays and 1 hr. 22 min on the weekends.
- Instagram: An average of 1 hr. 15 min on weekdays and 1 hr. 25 min on the weekends.
- Facebook: An average of 1 hr. 15 min on weekdays and 1 hr. 25 min on the weekends.
- Snapchat: An average of 1 hr. 11 min on weekdays and 1 hr. 19 min on the weekends.
- Pinterest: An average of 1 hr. 11 min on weekdays and 1 hr. 17 min on the weekends.
WhatsApp: An average of 1 hr. 6 min on weekdays and 1 hr. 13 min on the weekends.